Au Pair Requirements in Canada

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Canada, known for its diverse culture and welcoming communities, is a fantastic destination for au pairs. Participating in an au pair program in Canada offers a unique opportunity to experience Canadian life while providing essential support to host families.


To become an au pair or host family in Canada, the following criteria must be met.

Requirements for Au Pairs

To qualify as an au pair in Canada, you need to meet the following requirements:
  • Aged between 18 and 30 years old.

  • Unmarried and without children.

  • Basic knowledge of English or French.

  • Citizen of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico*, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, or Ukraine.

  • Sufficient funds (typically 2,500 CAD) and a return ticket.

  • Initially apply for a Working Holiday Maker visa for Canada.

Requirements for Host Families

Host families in Canada must meet the following criteria:
  • At least one child under 18 lives in the household.

  • Provide a separate room for the au pair.

  • Expect the au pair to assist with childcare and light housework.

  • Speak English or French in daily life and represent Canadian culture.

  • Different nationality from the au pair and no familial relation.


  • English
  • French


Canada provides a rich environment for cultural exchange between au pairs and host families. Meeting these requirements ensures a positive and fulfilling experience for both parties.

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