Looking to immigrate to Canada in 2017? You’ll find the latest facts and figures about IEC working holiday visas on this page.
Want more information about the application process, and to find out how you can immigrate to Canada? See our Working Holiday Visa in Canada guide.
Each week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (still sometimes referred to as Citizenship and Immigration Canada, or CIC) releases updated figures about the number of visas available.
If you’re waiting for word back about your application, this page will give you a snapshot of how many visas remain available in your pool.
Latest invitation figures.
Updated May 22, 2017.
There are now just 15 Working Holiday work permits still available for UK passport holders. Some 5,349 candidates are already waiting in the pool, hoping to get their hands on a rare invite.
While no date has yet been given for the final round of invites in this pool for 2017, its closure date can’t be far away.
For the Ireland, New Zealand, and Germany pools, we were unable to provide a ‘Spots Available’ figure on Monday 22 May due to an error on the IRCC website.
We have since received updated figures and are now able to present these in the table below.
Why does the UK get so few work permits?
With a population of almost 65 million, the UK is allocated 5,000 IEC work permits. Ireland’s population is 4.8 million, and they receive 10,700. Why is this the case?
The IEC is a reciprocal program. In order for each country to receive their allocation of Canadian work permits, they must first agree to offer an identical number of work permits so Canadians can enter their country.
Ireland received as few as 2,500 work permits in 2009, but positive agreements between the Irish and Canadian governments mean this number has soared in recent years. Currently, 10,700 work permits are made available.
This agreement was only made possible because Ireland agreed to offer 10,700 work permits to young Canadians each year.
In order for the UK to receive additional IEC work permits, it too would need to be willing to open its doors to a greater number of Canadians each year.
|Pool||Quota||Invitations to date||Spots available||Eligible candidates in pool||Final round||Chances of invite in next round|
|UK – WH||5,000||8,931 (+47)||15 (-18)||5,349 (+153)||TBA||Very Low|
|Ireland – WH||7,700||8,700 (+112)||2,938 (-61)||95 (+42)||TBA||Excellent|
|Ireland – YP||2,500||251 (+4)||2,471||2 (+1)||TBA||Excellent|
|Ireland – IC||500||38||486||0||TBA||Excellent|
|Australia – WH||Unlimited||8,901 (+197)||Unlimited||222 (+133)||TBA||Excellent|
|Australia – YP||Unlimited||358 (+7)||Unlimited||7 (+4)||TBA||Excellent|
|Australia – IC||Unlimited||31||Unlimited||0||TBA||Excellent|
|New Zealand – WH||2,500||2,393 (+58)||1,130 (-26)||54 (+33)||TBA||Excellent|
|Germany – WH||4,200||6,554 (+102)||148 (-56)||102 (+63)||TBA||Excellent|
|Germany – YP||400||563 (+11)||152 (-6)||7 (+1)||TBA||Excellent|
|Germany – IC||400||275 (+9)||255 (-5)||4||TBA||Excellent|
In the above table:
- Figures were last updated on May 22, 2017. New figures from now on will be published each Monday.
- Numbers in brackets denote change in the past week (since May 15). If no brackets appear, then number is unchanged.
- ‘WH’ denotes ‘Working Holiday’.
- ‘YP’ denotes ‘Young Professional’.
- ‘IC’ denotes ‘International Co-Op’.
- First rounds of invitations for the UK, Ireland, and Australia took place between November 28 and December 3, 2016. First round for New Zealand and Germany was between December 12 and December 17, 2016.
Applicants from 30 countries can now immigrate to Canada on an IEC visa. Those countries are:
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