The Canada Border Services Agency hopes a “significant” sentence handed to a Chilliwack woman for helping foreign nannies enter the country illegally will send a strong message.
Spokesperson Harold Wuigk says Elizabeth Large received a 15 month conditional sentence, 100 hours of community service, and a $15,000 dollar fine for telling foreign au pairs to lie that they were tourists.
“I think it really does send a message that if you are going to be contravening any section of border-related legislation, you are going to be facing prosecution, and there will be quite a sentence that the courts hand out on that.”
Manuela Hersch, the founder of International Nannies, based in Vancouver, says there is no official “au pair” program in Canada, and the foreign nanny program is bogged down in red tape, so desperate parents hire people like Large.
“Our other foreign nanny program is so complicated and so full of red tape that basically families have almost no other choice sometimes then hire illegal au pairs. And while it is wrong, of course, on every possible level, it really comes down to pure desperation of families who need child care.”
Large has admitted placing numerous foreign au pairs with Canadian families between 2007 and 2013.