How to Decide on a Live-out or Live-in Nanny
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How to Decide on a Live-out or Live-in Nanny

by Martha Scully

Did you know that if you have two children or more having a nanny is more affordable than daycare? When you choose to hire a nanny you’ll have to decide if you want a live-out or live-in nanny.

We often get asked what type of nanny is more flexible and economical: live-in or live-out? There are benefits and drawbacks in both situations, the right choice will depend on your specific needs. Consider this article a guide to helping you choose whether a live-in or live-out nanny will be best for your situation.

Definitions

First, let’s define the two different roles

Live-Out Nanny — The caregiver comes to your home each day to look after the children, then goes back to their own home at the end of the work day.

Live-in Nanny — The caregiver lives in your home 24/7 and is given separate private sleeping quarters. They may choose to stay out of your home on their off days. Some live-in nannies are not Canadian citizens, are working under the Live-in Caregiver Program and require sponsorship for their work permit, whereas others are Canadian citizens.

The Differences between a Live-out and Live-in Nanny

Considerations Live-In Nanny Live-Out Nanny
Hours available Often flexible, must have at least one day off Set hours
Housekeeping Often does full cleaning Traditionally light housekeeping
Experience Often trained overseas but can have nurse or teacher training Educated in Canada. Traditionally has high school diploma with experience with children
Transportation for Children Often does not have a valid licence for Canada May have licence and their own vehicle
Paperwork LMIA $1000 Not needed
Medical Insurance $180 Not needed
Overtime Requirements vary by province but same for live-in or live-out.
Some examples:
AB - not applicable
BC - after 8 hrs/day and/or 40 hrs/wk
MB - after 8 hrs/day and/or 40 hrs/wk
ON - after 44 hrs/wk
SK - after 8 hrs/day and/or 40 hrs/wk
Requirements vary by province but same for live-in or live-out.
Some examples:
AB - not applicable
BC - after 8 hrs/day and/or 40 hrs/wk
MB - after 8 hrs/day and/or 40 hrs/wk
ON - after 44 hrs/wk
SK - after 8 hrs/day and/or 40 hrs/wk
Holiday Pay Requirements vary by province but same for live-in or live-out. Commonly if holiday falls on regular day, they are given day off with pay. If required to work on the holiday, they are generally paid a premium plus OT for time worked. Requirements vary by province but same for live-in or live-out. Commonly if holiday falls on regular day, they are given day off with pay. If required to work on the holiday, they are generally paid a premium plus OT for time worked.
Flight 1200 EST Not Needed
Wage Minimum wage - $15/hour GROSS $12-$18/hour GROSS
WSIB/WCB Requirements vary by province but same for live-in or live-out Requirements vary by province but same for live-in or live-out



Room and board can only be deducted from a nanny’s wage if they are hired outside of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This was removed from the program in December 2014. Also, the maximum amount that can be deducted vary by province ($85.25/wk in ON, $325/month in BC, $250/month in SK, etc)

For more information on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and how it applies to the working conditions and pay for a foreign nanny please read:


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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.