Working Holiday Canada News
Most recent update: October 4
The 2019 IEC season closed on October 4
On October 4, the 2019 season for International Experience Canada officially closed. After issuing a final round of invitations, IEC announced that all profiles will be removed from the pools.
If you didn’t receive an invitation in the final round, you might be losing hope, but don’t forget that the 2020 IEC season will likely open before the end of the year. That means you only have a couple of months before new invitation pools will open up!
In 2019, IEC issued a total number of 136,480 invitations, but remember that an invitation is not the same as a work permit. After receiving an invitation a candidate might decline the invitation or have their application refused. The total number of IEC work permits issued in 2019 has not yet been released.
Highlights from the 2019 season
- Repeat participations through Recognized Organizations: In July, Canadian immigration authorities clarified that if an IEC participant has exhausted their allowable participations under their specific youth mobility agreement (YMA), such participants can then apply through a recognized organization and, if still eligible, maximize the number of lifetime participations up to two more times. Read full details here.
- Age limit increased for Australians: The 2019 IEC season allowed Australians up to the age of 35 to participate. This was an increase from previous years when the age limit for Australians was 30. Read full details here.
- Luxembourg began participating in IEC: In July, Canada and Luxembourg signed a new youth mobility agreement (YMA) authorizing the creation of IEC pools for candidates from Luxembourg.
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Final IEC numbers for 2019
Here is the final information about quotas and invitations for all countries participating in International Experience Canada’s (IEC) Working Holiday program, as well as the other IEC programs.
This table was last updated on the final day of IEC 2019, October 4, using data made available the same day. IEC Working Holiday Canada categories: ‘WH’ = ‘Working Holiday’, ‘YP’ = ‘Young Professionals’, ‘IC’ = ‘International Co-Op’.
Take note: not every invitation becomes a work permit. Many people who receive invitations choose to decline and apply again at a later date. This is one of the reasons why the number of invitations issued is often higher than a country’s quota.