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.