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 July 24, 2017.
Invites are continuing to be sent to those in the UK – Working Holiday pool, despite the extremely low availability of work permits.
A further seven candidates received invites during the past week, and each will be hoping to get their hands on one of the five remaining work permits.
Some 6,883 candidates remain in the pool hoping to receive an invite – a jump of 550 in the past three weeks.
The closure date for the pool has yet been announced, meaning further invitations to apply will be sent to some of those waiting in the pool.
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.