Au Pairs – The next big trend in Canada?

Au Pairs – The next big trend in Canada?

Hiring a Live-In Nanny these days has become quite a challenge; Wages, taxes and benefit costs have risen more than 50% in the past 5 years; the government has significantly increased the processing time and requirements, while approving the flow of incoming workers to a trickle. In addition, new legislation and regulations introduced in the past 2-3 years give Live-In Nanny’s a huge edge over employers wherein; employers have to fork out air fare and all placement fees for foreign caregivers from overseas who have absolutely no need to commit to any employer once they land at the airport.

This has caused a huge supply gap in the market for quality Live-IN Nannies at a reasonable cost. Worse still is the unrealistic time lines and lack of responsiveness imposed on employers by the federal government. Now there’s a new alternative which may not suit everyone, but might relieve some of the supply gap for potential employers looking for in-home care giving, and that is, Au Pair Nannies.

The Au Pair movement started in Europe generations ago and has slowly spread to over 45 countries around the world where young single adult females who want to study and learn about other cultures and languages, can travel and visit other countries on a “study/work visa” arrangement and live in a “host” families home and assist with the family and children as au pairs (usually part-time), in order to earn a small allowance to offset their travel and course costs.

Canada has an exchange program for Young Foreign workers in and out of the country called “International Experience Canada”. At this time, Au Pairs can be arranged through this program without the difficult processes and complications of the current Live in Caregiver Program (LCP). But be warned; this is not a program for everyone. Host Families should potentially expect to act more like parents with these young adults who are willing to help with household chores and with babysitting the children in the parents absence. Of course, like typical young adults on their time off, they do expect to travel and explore the social world around them, study part-time and/or work part-time at other jobs.

In subsequent blogs, we’ll address the pro’s and cons’s of Live-In Caregivers vs. Au Pair Nannies

For more information, please contact Canadian Caregiver Services Inc.