The family will also be responsible for any costs associated with getting the Au Pair’s bedroom ready. As a nice gesture, a small welcome gift, such as a Starbucks gift card, would help make your Au Pair feel appreciated.
Lastly, a completion bonus is a common practice in the Au Pair industry. It is an incentive for your Au Pair to stay for her entire placement and it is extra spending money for your Au Pair to use for travelling. A completion bonus of $500.00 is provided and paid for by the host family when your Au Pair completes a 10+ month placement.
No, an Au Pair cannot be shared between two families. The intention of having an Au Pair is to build a relationship between an Au Pair and a family, making the Au Pair a part of the family. The Au Pair is also to have only one employer.
Both Nannies and Au Pairs live-in with a family to provide childcare and are usually from abroad. Here is a chart of the main differences between a Nanny and an Au Pair:
|Labour Market Impact Assessment needed before arriving to Canada||Only needs work permit before arriving to Canada|
|Provides childcare and housekeeping||Provides childcare and light housekeeping (usually anything that pertains to the children)|
|Any age||Usually between 18-30|
|Creates employer/employee relationship with family||Acts as “big sister” to family|
|Paid median wage||Paid minimum wage|
|Usually does not drive||Usually drives|
|Works full time hours||Works between 25-44 hours per week|
|Stays for minimum of 2 years||Stays for 10-12 months|
|Family pays for flight||Au Pair pays for flight|
|Must have equivalent of Canadian high school||Usually high school or post-secondary graduates|
|Come to Canada with the intention of immigration||Come to Canada with the intention of work and travel|
|Takes a minimum of 9 months for the Nanny to arrive to Canada||Applicants who have a Work Permit can arrive to Canada as soon as possible|
If the family asks the Au Pair to join in on a family outing, it is not necessary to pay the Au Pair unless specified earlier. For example, if the family attends a BBQ and invites the Au Pair, then she would not be paid; however, if it is expected that the Au Pair would watch the children, then she would be paid.
Often they speak both! Our Au Pairs are either native English speakers or know English or French as a secondary language. Our Au Pairs come from around the world, but mainly from Germany and Australia.
As many Au Pairs want to arrive in Canada during summer months, this is the best time to hire an Au Pair.
Families will be notified of Au Pair Plus program applicants when applications are sent out.
Au Pair in the Au Pair Plus program are paid an additional $50 per week.