What Is the Legal Age to Babysit in Canada?

The Center for Public Legal Education Alberta indicates that there is no specified age requirement to babysit in Canada under the law as of April 2014. However, finding a suitable babysitter involves many important factors.

According to the Halton Children Aid Society in Canada, the minimum recommended age for a babysitter is 12 years old. Sitters who have taken first aid or babysitting courses, have previous babysitting experience with positive feedback and display a high level of maturity are recommended. Preparation is also an important factor in finding a responsible sitter. Having plans readily available builds confidence for both sitters and parents. This includes a safety plan and a fire safety evacuation plan.