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Care Providers, Domestics, and Sitters

“Household” workers are defined into three categories:
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1. Care Providers

A care provider is someone hired primarily for the care and supervision of an immediate family member in either the home of the employer or the home of the family member requiring care.

There are two types of care providers:

  • Come-in care providers (do not live in the home of the employer); and
  • Live-in care providers.

Come-in care providers are exempt from minimum wage, overtime, and the requirement to provide notice of termination or pay instead of notice.  All other employment standards apply.

For live-in care providers, the hourly rate during the first eight hours is always at least the minimum wage.  The hourly rate for any hours in excess of eight hours (overtime) can be negotiated without reference to the minimum wage.  Live-in care providers must also receive two consecutive days off per week.  Other special provisions include a maximum deduction of $250.00 per month for board and lodging.  All other employment standards apply.

Employers have to maintain payroll records that include:

  • Hours worked each day;
  • The time when work begins and ends;
  • The wages paid;
  • The dates vacation days are taken and vacation pay provided;
  • The details of the employment contract (including the hourly rate); and
  • The deductions made from the employee’s wage.
Pay stubs must be provided to all employees.  For information on EI, CPP, and Income Tax deductions, visit Canada Revenue Agency.
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2. Domestics

A domestic worker is someone hired primarily to perform work in the private residence of the employer primarily related to the management and operation of the household (i.e., cleaning, washing, and gardening).  This does not include the supervision and care of an immediate family member.

There are two types of domestic workers:

  • Come-in domestic workers
  • Live-in domestic workers

Come-in domestics are fully covered by employment standards.

For live-in domestics, the hourly rate during the first eight hours is always at least the minimum wage. The hourly rate for any hours in excess of eight can be negotiated without reference to the minimum wage. Live-in domestics must receive two consecutive days off per week. Other special provisions include a maximum deduction of $250.00 per month for board and lodging. All other employment standards provisions, including overtime, apply.

Employers have to maintain payroll records that include:

  • Hours worked each day;
  • The time when work begins and ends;
  • The wages paid;
  • The dates vacation days are taken and vacation pay provided;
  • The details of the employment contract (including the hourly rate; and
  • The deductions made from the employee’s wage.
Pay stubs must be provided to all employees.  For information on EI, CPP, and Income Tax deductions, visit Canada Revenue Agency.
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3. Sitters

A sitter is the traditional “babysitter” who comes in on an occasional, short term basis while the parents are away from the home.  It also refers to a worker who relieves a proprietor of an “approved home” for a period of not more than 21 days in a year.

Employment Standards do not apply to sitters.

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