UPDATE – AUG 2011: Service Canada now does not require any advertising for families hiring caregivers who are already in Canada.  Advertising is still required for overseas sponsorship though.

You may or may not know that if you want to hire a live-in caregiver, whether already in Canada or currently residing overseas, you are obligated to make efforts to source qualified permanent residents or Canadian citizens for the job before considering applicants in the Live-In Caregiver Program.  In order to issue their Labour Market Opinion (LMO) approval, Service Canada wants to ensure that Canadian applicants are given priority in the hiring process to avoid an excess of unnecessary immigration applications.  But, in our experience, there are very few, if any, Canadians or permanent residents who apply to live-in with a family on a permanent, full time basis under the same salary and working conditions as those in the Live-In Caregiver Program.  Families must pay a minimum of $10 $10.25 per hour in Ontario and can deduct a maximum of $369.42 from the nanny’s net salary on a monthly basis (provincial requirements vary – please consult the Service Canada website).