Canada does not offer an official au pair program, however, youth between 18 and 35 may qualify for a Working Holiday Visa, now called International Experience Canada or student work visa programs.
Canada also has a Live in Caregiver Visa open to caregivers who are age 19 and above. There is no age limit on this visa program. This visa allows foreign employees to enter Canada as a caregiver. Successful applicants receive an employment authorization allowing them to work in Canada as live-in caregivers. After two years of employment, program participants can apply in Canada to become permanent residents; they may be granted permanent resident status provided they meet certain requirements. Note: the two years of employment must be completed within four years of the caregiver's arrival in Canada.
If you are hiring a caregiver who is already in Canada and has a valid work permit, contact the HRSDC/SC Live-in Caregiver Call Centre at 1-877-227-4577 to apply for a new work permit naming you as the employer.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 35 and you are searching for overseas travel opportunities that will allow you the flexibility to work on short term contracts, visit the International Youth Programs page.
Canada has a variety of Youth Programs available to citizens from these countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
The Live-in Caregiver Program allows workers to go to Canada for live-in work as caregivers when there are not enough Canadians to fill the available positions. A "live-in caregiver" is someone who provides unsupervised care of children, the elderly, or the disabled in a private household.
Please check with the Canadian Embassy in your country to determine the processing time for a live in caregiver visa. Expect normal processing times from 6-24 months. Filipino nationals wanting to immigrate to Canada should expect a longer than normal visa processing time. The CIC site has links to find out how long it is currently taking for applications processed in Canada, and applications processed outside of Canada.
You can learn about Canada’s Live in Caregiver Visa at:
Effective April 1, 2010, Live-in Caregiver Program have four years from their date of arrival in Canada to complete the employment requirement to be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Program
There are four main requirements applicants must meet to qualify under the Live-in Caregiver Program:
As of April 2011, LMO requirements have become more difficult. For more information, please see this website: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/foreign_workers/caregiver/requirements.shtml
Caregivers are paid minimum wage, between $235- $290 per week, depending on the minimum wage set in each province. Specific wages can be found here: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/foreign_workers/caregiver/wages.shtml