Monthly Archives: January 2012

International Nannies on YouTube

In keeping with the modern times, an introduction to the services provided by International Nannies and Homecare is now available on YouTube.

Please take the time to view our newest video:

International Nannies on YouTube




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If you would like to find a caregiver for your loved one, please fill out the online caregiver questionaire so we can speak with you regarding the needs of your family.

Nanny nation: From the Philippines, with love

January 06, 2012 from

Ferlyn Matan , left, 37, works as a nanny in Richmond Hill under Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program. She left her three daughters (above, from left to right) Irish Hazel, 13, Arabella, 9 and Mary Beth, 14, under the care of her husband, Rhene, in the Manila suburb of Caloocan. (melchizedek maquiso/special to the star)


According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, more than 150,000 foreign workers enter the country every year to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages, or to work as live-in caregivers.

The federal Live-In Caregiver Program was created to address shortages for child and elder care. Most of the foreign workers who enter Canada under this program are Filipinos, and most work as nannies.

The sight of a Filipino nanny with young charges in tow is ubiquitous in GTA parks, libraries and drop-in centres. Many of these nannies are the key money-earners for their families back home in the Philippines.

After two years working here, most nannies qualify to apply for permanent resident status, a step on the road to eventual Canadian citizenship. For many, the goal is to sponsor their families as would-be immigrants, in hope of family reunification in Canada.

Melchizedek Maquiso followed this familiar path. After childhood with his academic parents in the university and science city of Munoz, about four hours north of Manila, Maquiso lived in various Manila suburbs. In 2007, at age 27, he came here to work as a nanny.

I’m not the only one. I’ve met other male nannies,” laughs Maquiso. His was an easier landing than most encounter; Maquiso’s young charge was his own nephew, then age 4. His employer was his older sister, who had previously immigrated to the United States and then Canada, and was about to launch her own business in York Region. She now lives in Stouffville.

So unlike many, Maquiso’s decision to head to Canada wasn’t driven by brutal necessity. He already had a “fairly decent” job in Manila and was financially independent. His motivation was to help his sister — and, eventually, pursue a post-secondary education abroad.

“Each nanny has a unique story to tell, from being the sole breadwinner of the family to a carefree individual seeking greener pastures for herself in Canada,” says Maquiso, who now has permanent resident status here. “The decision to work in Canada is already a significant deviation from the concept of family in the Philippine setting, where living with generations of family members under one roof and where adult working children still live with their parents are common practices.

“Whatever their reasons are for choosing to work here, all of them are unanimous in one thing — they would like to be reunited with their families who literally live thousands of miles and an ocean away.”

Maquiso is set to graduate this spring from the photojournalism program at Belleville’s Loyalist College. He aspires to create visual documentaries on social issues, particularly East-West relationships: “Third World issues and relationships with industrialized countries, as seen through the people involved in it.”

Maquiso images illustrate that theme handsomely, while presenting a rare inside look at the reality of dual-world existence for thousands of hard-working GTA residents and the families they serve, here and at home.

Dan Smith

If you would like a nanny or caregiver job in Canada please contact our International Nanny agency.



Hiring Credit for Small Business in 2012

Happy New Year! Here is an exciting update to share with small business employers:
The 2011 Federal Budget created a Hiring Credit for Small Business (HCSB), a one-time credit intended to stimulate new employment and support small businesses. The HCSB gives small businesses relief from the employer’s share of Employment Insurance (EI) premiums paid in 2011. The credit does this by covering the difference in Employer EI premiums from 2010 to 2011, up to $1,000.


Who is eligible for the HCSB and how will it be calculated?
A small business whose total employer’s EI premiums paid for 2010 was $10,000 or less and whose total premiums increased in 2011 is eligible for a credit.

The credit is calculated as the difference between these two amounts up to a maximum of $1,000. The CRA will automatically calculate the credit when an eligible employer’s 2011 T4 information return is filed.


If an employer meets all listed eligibility criteria but has an outstanding debt with the CRA, will the CRA still calculate the credit?
Yes, the CRA will calculate the HCSB and will apply the amount of the credit towards any outstanding debt owed by the employer.


Can employers reduce their 2011 payroll deduction remittances by the HCSB they anticipate they will receive rather than waiting until the credit is calculated?
No. Employers are not permitted to short remit their 2011 payroll remittances by the amount of the HCSB they think they will receive. The credit will only be calculated once the 2011 T4 information return is filed.


Please contact our International Nanny Payroll Accountant Linh if you have any questions regarding this one- time credit: [email protected] or 1-604-786-2566.