The Au Pair program in Canada offers flexible childcare and a cultural exchange for the Host Family. Canada attracts Au Pairs with its cultural diversity, and beautiful nature. Hosting an Au Pair in Canada is an excellent chance to exchange cultures. The Host Family can explore a new culture and language just as the participant. Find out how to become a Host Family in Canada.
Can you become a Host Family in Canada?
There are certain requirements a Host Family in Canada has to fulfill. Let’s take a look into the main rules:
at least one child under the age of 18 years
can afford to cover regular meals, a monthly Au Pair salary and other expenses of the Host Family
have a spare room in your house where the Au Pair will live
respect the work schedule of the candidate
If you fulfil all the requirements stated above, register as a Host Family and start looking for a participant and become part of this great cultural exchange experience.
After the registration, remember to fill out the profile completely. Profiles with a “Dear Au Pair” letter and pictures are way more liked and successful than others.
You can become a Premium Member to be able to send personalized messages to candidates. You will also get a handbook for Host Families and a template of the Au Pair contract that you should use to come to an agreement about all the matters of the stay.
Check the requirements
Before choosing an Au Pair, make sure that your favorite candidate fulfils all the requirements to avoid problems during the visa application or at the border control. You can also read more information about the program regulations, working hours, holidays, schedule and a language course.
Prepare the Au Pair contract
If you have found the right person to come live with you, you should prepare the contract and include everything you need to agree on so there won’t be any misunderstandings once the participant has arrived.
How to hire an Au Pair in Canada?
To become an Au Pair in Canada the participant needs to apply for the Working Holiday Visa. The requirements to get this visa depend on the home country of the applicant. Some nationalities can even apply up to the age of 35, others only until they are 30 years old. The applicant should check the regulations at the website of the Canadian embassy in her/his home country.
Additional expectations the participant has to fulfil
being physically fit and in a healthy condition
Sign the contract
Talk with the Au Pair about all the details and include them in the contract, just as working hours, free time, holidays, the schedule etc. Mention all the important details in the contract. Both sides need to sign the contract. The applicant will have to present this document at the Canadian embassy.
Make sure that the Au Pair has an insurance
Before the arrival of the Au Pair in Canada, the participant is responsible to get a private insurance for the whole stay in Canada. The insurance should cover various cases that might occur abroad. The right insurance will help to avoid problems while visiting a doctor in Canada.
Support the Au Pair in the visa application for Canada
The Au Pair might need some help while applying for the Working Holiday Visa. The applicant will definitely need the contract so don’t forget to send it to him/her. The Host Family should help with the whole process.
Prepare for the Au Pair’s arrival
You need to prepare the room for the Au Pair. Make sure the space has everything it needs. Make it look comfortable. Maybe you want to put up some pictures and candles. Agree with the Au Pair when you should pick her/him up and enjoy the time together.