Au pair in Canada
The au pair contract, insurance, driving licence etc.

Should you sign an au pair contract? Which type of insurance does your au pair need? What else can you do for your safety? This page will provide you with the necessary information.

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The au pair contract

We advise our au pairs and host families to sign an au pair contract together, in which you clarify in advance what you expect from each other, ensuring a fair work arrangement between you and your host family. It is important to put into writing what the au pair's exact duties will be, how much holiday they are entitled to or when and how many hours they will have to work, for instance. As there is no official au pair contract in Canada, host families and au pairs usually use the Au pair contract for Great Britain.

Contract termination

There is no official notice period for au pairs in Canada. But, if you wish to terminate your contract, we recommend you do so by giving two weeks' notice, leaving enough time for you to find a replacement au pair and either organise the au pair's return trip or help them find a new host family.

Health insurance

When applying for a visa, your au pair needs to take out a health insurance (which covers medical care, hospitalization and repatriation) for the entire duration of their stay in Canada. Au pairs bear the cost of the insurance, but you may certainly share the costs, if you wish. 

Driving licence

Au pairs may be allowed to drive in Canada with their own driving licence for a few months. However, after a certain period of time, they will most likely have to take a driving test to continue driving in Canada. Should your au pair need to drive in Canada, you need to contact the corresponding motor vehicle licencing agencies in your province for further information.

Should your au pair be driving you car, both au pair and host family should clarify issues of insurance and liability beforehand. You should also discuss who is to bear the costs for material damage in the event of a car accident.

How to be on the safe side

  • Have you already spoken to your future au pair on the phone or via skype? Read the most important questions to ask au pairs to get to know them before you make the final decision whom you want to host.
  • Would you like some tips on how to search safely on AuPairWorld? Maybe you already have an au pair but have questions about how to prepare for the stay? Read our tips on safety and security.
  • Ask your au pair if they have a basic knowledge of English or Norwegian to allow them to express their needs and wishes. The au pair should be able to warn your children of dangers, such as hot cooking plates or approaching cars.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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