Becoming a host family in Canada
There is no official au pair programme in Canada, however au pairs can work in Canada for a temporary period if they qualify for the International Experience Canada (IEC) programme.
You are eligible to be a host family in Canada if:
- you have at least 1 child under 18 living with you
- you are able to offer an individual room and 3 meals a day
- you speak local language (English or French) in your daily life
- you are of a different nationality than your au pair
Your au pair will look after your children and will help you out with light household chores. Discuss your duties beforehand and include all the points you agree upon in your contract.
Board & Lodging
Au pairs are entitled to free board and lodging even in case of illness. You should be able to offer your au pair a separate room.
Length of stay
It is recommended that you draw up a contract with your au pair. The contract should include au pair pocket money, holidays and duties. Click here for a sample contract.
If you require your au pair to drive, you must provide him/her with a car, pay for car insurance and ensure that the car is well maintained. You must also provide fuel or give money to your au pair to pay for fuel for the car. Remember your au pair is young and comes from a different country where she/he might drive on the other side of the road. She/he may not have much driving experience. We recommend that you provide your au pair with driving lessons until she/he is confident enough to drive your car.