The most important document for Au Pairs and Host Families is the contract. In the contract you come to an agreement with each other about certain topics. In addition to this, the insurance is also very important.
On this page we will give you all the information about these two major topics.
The Au Pair contract
We recommend the Au Pairs and Host families to sign a contract to make sure that you have talked about everything and to avoid misunderstandings and problems during the stay. The contract should include your specific tasks, working hours, holidays and many more points.
Here is a quick overview of what to include in the contract:
There is no official Au Pair program in Canada, therefore Au Pairs travel with a Working Holiday visa and do not need a specific contract for Canada. We offer our Premium Member Host Families a template of a complete contract which you can use for Canada too. The contract will also be necessary to apply for a visa and might even be controlled at the Canadian border.
Termination of the contract
To terminate a contract we recommend a notice period of 2 weeks. This will give the participant and the Host Family enough time to find a new match or even a solution for the problem that has occurred.
The Au Pair insurance
Health insurance and other insurances are important for the stay and should be taken care of before the Au Pair arrives to Canada.
Health insurance in Canada
It is important to have an insurance that covers everything when the Au Pair becomes sick or even has an accident in Canada. We also recommend to consider the options that cover dental as well as complex problems that can occur during the stay.
Usually the Au Pair should pay for the insurance. However, it is up to the Au Pair to ask the Host Family if they will help to pay for it.
While choosing an insurance, you can also consider Dr. Walter or Care Concept, which offer Au Pair insurances all over the world.
Car insurance and driving license
Many Au Pairs are expected to drive a car in Canada to pick up the kids or bring them to school. A car is also pretty useful for the Au Pair’s free time or to attend the language course. Usually Host Families let their Au Pair use the car. It is important that the Host Family’s car insurance company knows about that.
Au Pairs can drive a car in Canada with their driver’s license and an international driver’s license for some time.However, they should get the Canadian driver’s license as soon as possible. For that matter, they will have to take a driving test. Specific regulations about this can be found on the website of the government of Canada.
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