Canada is hands down one of the best countries to be an au pair. For most nationalities, you can enter on a work visa called International Experience Canada. Additionally, the pay in Canada is quite good, with most au pairs making about $235 - 290 per week in addition to room and board.
Finding a job as an au pair in Canada is generally easy, though potential au pairs may want to enlist the help of an au pair agency and be very selective of how they choose the family they work for. Canada is a very safe and happy country to live, and any au pair will fall in love with its charming cities and quaint towns.
Canada is a great place to au pair for those interested in experiencing large cities, vast wilderness, snow sports, and friendly, welcoming people.
There is no visa specifically for au pairs in Canada. However, people from Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Croatia, and a few other countries may apply for a Working Holiday Maker Visa instead.
You must have a valid passport and be of age (over 18), enough money at your disposal, working hours, time off, and various other things in order to be able to apply for an au pair.
Au pairs generally stay anywhere from 12-24 months depending on the nationality.
As for a salaries, au pairs will generally make around $235 - 290 / week in addition to room and board, which is a little over minimum wage in most territories. Since salaries are highly dependent on individual families, it's best to interview several before taking an offer.
Au pairs should pack warm clothing no matter what time of the year they are visiting. Jackets, long pants, and warm sweaters are good articles of clothing to bring. If au pairs are staying in the winter, they should pack scarves, hats, parkas, long underwear, and boots. Loose-fitting cotton clothing that can be layered in the summertime is also a good idea.
The au pair will generally have to pay for their own flight to and from Canada. However, families usually cover room and board for au pairs (as you'll be living and eating with the family). Some will even help you out with a cell phone plan and other benefits -- but this widely depends on the family.
Although you won't have too many more expenses, you should still budget about $600 - 800 / month for going out and personal necessities, depending on where you are.
To give you an idea of the cost of living in Canada, a meal at a restaurant is typically around $11 USD, water is around $1.25, a one-way ticket on local transportation is around $2.25, and coffee is around $2.75.
Au pairs will be living with the family with whom they work. They will typically have their own bedroom in the family's house.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is small, peaceful, and close to a much of Canada’s wilderness.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and is in close proximity to Niagara Falls. It's also been named one of the best places to live in the world and is incredibly forward thinking. The towering skyscrapers and endless activities to do will make any au pair fall in love with Toronto!
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada, and will make any au pair feel as though they’ve just entered Europe. They mainly speak French in this intimate, safe, and laid back city.
All the way on the west coast is Vancouver, a young, popular city with delicious food and a ton of diversity and vibes similar to it's Pacific Northwest neighbor to the south, Seattle.
For au pairs who love the countryside, Quebec City has some of the most stunning views in the entire country. The French-speaking city is quaint, with cozy ski resorts and charming buildings.