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.
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.
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.
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.
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.