Au pair in Canada - rules and requirements Au pair in Canada - rules and requirements

Canada is known for cold weather, pristine nature, maple syrup and of course the Canadian goose. It is also known for its wilderness, beautiful scenery, great lakes and friendly people.
Canada has a different au pair program format than the rest of the world. The "live-in caregiver program", has broader requirements than the au pair program. Requirements include at least six month of study/training or one year of compatible employment within the past three years, though exceptions and additional stipulations do apply.

Below are the basic requirements for au pair program in Canada. For more detailed information please follow the links on the page or visit the official Immigration Service website.

Requirements for au pairs in Canada

18-30 years old
Can't be married and have children
Basic knowledge of English or French
Have experience in childcare
Be able to pay for travel expenses
Never been to Canada on Working Holiday Visa before
For citizens of: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom Permanent residence for caregivers:
1. Interim Pathway for Caregivers
2. Caring for Children Program
3. Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program
Working Holiday Visa Caregiver program

Requirements for host families in Canada

Have at least one child under the age of 13
Provide au pair with own bedroom and all meals
Provide au pair with pocket money from 330 CAD / week
Au pair duties cannot exceed 25-30 hours / week
Au pair stay: 6-12 months, Summer au pair: 2-3 months
Be an English or French speaking family and willing to be part of a cultural exchange
Not be related to the au pair
Be a different nationality than the Au Pair's nationality