Do you want to be an au pair in Canada? Read on for more information and many useful tips for your au pair stay in Canada.

Canada as an Au Pair Destination

kanada aupairCanada is the second biggest country in the world, Russia being the biggest. Canada is in North America and has two official languages, English and French.


In Canada you will have the opportunity to work abroad while getting to know the people and the country. Since 2004, young people can apply for the Working Holiday Visa, which gives them the possibility not only to work, but also to travel around Canada.


There are many great things associated with Canada: pristine nature, friendly people, the emblematic maple leaf, stuffed elks, and ice hockey. And if you are brave enough, you can even lure a Canadian bear from the mountains with sweet honey …


Requirements for an Au Pair Stay in Canada

If you want to work as an au pair in Canada you should fulfill the following requirements:

  • 18-29 years old
  • child care experience
  • intermediate level of English (basic knowledge of French can be an advantage)
  • clean criminal record
  • no children, not married
  • no health problems
  • international health insurances
  • work experience or college degree


Au Pair Working Hours in Canada

There are no official regulations for au pair working hours in Canada. Au pairs usually work up to 40 hours a week, but not more than 12 hours per day.


  • free time: 2 days off per week and one full weekend per month
  • vacation:  2 weeks for 12 months


Au Pair Salary in Canada

Your host family pays you an au pair salary, usually a sum between 140 and 200 CAD per week. The exact amount depends on your working hours. If you get sick, you will still receive your au pair salary.


Duration of the Au Pair Stay in Canada

Duration of the au pair stay in Canada: 12 months.


There is no minimum duration for au pair stays in Canada, but keep in mind that the Canadian work permit is only granted once in a lifetime, so make sure to take full advantage of it!


Health Insurance in Canada

You have to have health insurance for your au pair stay in Canada.


Our advice: There is a Canadian embassy in almost every country. Contact them and ask what type of insurance they recommend for you.


Au Pair Expenses in Canada

  • Health Insurance: Usually, the au pair pays for the health insurance, but you can always ask your host family if they are willing to pay for part of the costs.
  • Travel Expenses: The au pair has to pay for the travel expenses. However, many families pay for the au pair's return trip if they were satisfied with the au pair. However, the family does not have to pay for your return trip.
  • Expenses for the Visa: The work permit for your stay in Canada (Workin Holiday Visa) costs about 110 Euros. You have to transfer this amount to the account of the Canadian embassy.
  • Expenses for Language Classes: The au pair has to pay for the language classes.


Au Pair Entry Requirements for Canada

Keep in mind that there is no special au pair visa for Canada; you have to apply for the Working Holiday Visa. With this visa, you can work for one year as an au pair, as well as travel around the country. Your work permit is valid for 12 months.


Young people from the following countries can apply for a Working Holiday Visa: Australia, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, and Ukraine.


To find out more about the Working Holiday Visa, visit the website of the Canadian embassy.


Language Courses in Canada

During your au pair stay in Canada you should take language classes. Your host family has to give you enough free time for this.


Driver's License

As an au pair, you can drive a car in Canada, but only for a limited period of time. After that, you have to take a driving test. If you can drive your host family's car, find out who will be responsible in the case of an accident.


You can find more information about driving in Canada on the website of the Canadian Department of Transportation. (Webseite in Englisch)


Information about Canada for your Au Pair Stay

Official Language: English, French
Capital: Ottawa
Form of government: parliamentary monarchy
Surface Area: 9.984.670 km²
Population: 34.278.406 (January 2011, estimate)
Currency: 1 Canadian Dollar ($) = 100 Cents
Emergency Number: 911


Popular au pair cities in Canada:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Hamilton
  • Kitchener
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Quebec City
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Winnipeg

More information about "Au Pair in Ottawa" here!