Working Holiday Canada News

The 2022 IEC season is open

The 2022 International Experience Canada (IEC) season is open! As of January 13, hopeful participants from many participating countries are able to submit profiles to the different IEC pools, including for the popular Working Holiday program. Check the table below to find out how many spots are available for your country.

IEC is a work permit program that allows youth from participating countries to come to Canada to work and travel. The past two IEC seasons have been smaller than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While quotas are large for the 2022 IEC season, the ongoing pandemic makes it difficult to predict how many participants will be accepted. 

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There are three different IEC pools. Each participating country has a separate agreement with Canada that determines which pools are available, which age groups are eligible, and how long participants can stay in Canada. You can view the pools available to your country on this page.

The most popular IEC program is the Working Holiday program, which doesn’t require a job offer to be arranged in advance. The Young Professionals program requires participants to arrange a job in Canada before applying. Meanwhile, the International Co-op program is for students who arrange a co-op placement in Canada.

Notably, for the 2022 IEC season, candidates are required to be fully vaccinated in order to participate.

In order to participate, IEC hopefuls have to start by creating a profile in one of the IEC pools. However, if a candidate had a profile in the 2021 pools and was not invited, their profile will have automatically carried forward into the 2022 pools (as long as they remain eligible). If you’re not sure if your profile has been carried forward, check your IRCC account

Invitations are issued on a weekly basis using a randomized lottery system. If you receive an invitation, you can then submit an application for a Canadian work permit.

Opening dates & quotas for the 2022 IEC season

The table below includes all participating IEC countries and pools. All pools are open and will issue their first invitations in the week of January 17. This table will be updated throughout the IEC season to show how many invitations have been issued and how many spots remain for each country.

PoolQuotaInvitations to dateInvitations since last weekSpots availableSpots filled last roundEligible candidates in poolCandidate changeChances of invite in next round
Andorra – WH250000TBA
Australia – WHUnlimited00Unlimitedn/a3636TBA
Australia – YPUnlimited00Unlimitedn/a11TBA
Australia – ICUnlimited00Unlimitedn/a00TBA
Austria - WHTBA00005858TBA
Austria - YPTBA000000TBA
Austria - ICTBA000000TBA
Belgium - WH7500000402402TBA
Chile - WHTBA000025692569TBA
Chile - YPTBA0000106106TBA
Chile - ICTBA000000TBA
Costa Rica - WH800000267267TBA
Costa Rica - YP1500002727TBA
Costa Rica - IC5000000TBA
Croatia - WH27500004545TBA
Croatia - YP20000000TBA
Croatia - IC5000000TBA
Czech Republic - WH10000000474474TBA
Czech Republic - YP145000011TBA
Czech Republic - IC5000000TBA
Denmark – WH3500000103103TBA
Estonia - WH11000005858TBA
Estonia - YP10000011TBA
Estonia - IC5000000TBA
France - WH7100000095909590TBA
France - YP220000002525TBA
France - VIE45000003333TBA
France - IC425000006969TBA
Germany – WHTBA000013851385TBA
Germany – YPTBA000033TBA
Germany – ICTBA000022TBA
Greece - WH18000008989TBA
Greece - YP10000088TBA
Greece - IC10000011TBA
Hong Kong - WH200000000TBA
Ireland – WH10500000028792879TBA
Ireland – YP150000044TBA
Ireland – IC50000000TBA
Italy - WH10000000650650TBA
Japan - WH6500000001695TBA
Latvia - WH4000004242TBA
Latvia - YP8000000TBA
Latvia - IC2000000TBA
Lithuania - WH1750000189189TBA
Lithuania - YP20000000TBA
Lithuania - IC5000000TBA
Luxembourg - WH80000099TBA
Luxembourg - YP10000000TBA
Luxembourg - IC10000000TBA
Netherlands - WH4300000252252TBA
Netherlands - YP170000022TBA
New Zealand – WH25000000321321TBA
Norway - WH13000002424TBA
Norway - YP15000000TBA
Norway - IC50000236236TBA
Poland - WH6350000236236TBA
Poland - YP110000000TBA
Poland - IC5000000TBA
Portugal - WH17500000283283TBA
Portugal - YP200000000TBA
Portugal - IC50000000TBA
San Marino - WH25000000TBA
Slovakia - WHTBA0000196196TBA
Slovakia - YPTBA000000TBA
Slovakia - ICTBA000000TBA
Slovenia - WHTBA00002222TBA
Slovenia - YPTBA000000TBA
Slovenia - ICTBA000000TBA
South Korea - WH4000000033293329TBA
Spain – WH8000000699699TBA
Spain – YP15000001212TBA
Spain – IC50000000TBA
Sweden - WH58000007070TBA
Sweden - YP100000000TBA
Sweden - IC20000000TBA
Switzerland - YP200000000TBA
Switzerland - IC50000011TBA
Taiwan - WH940000012221222TBA
Taiwan - YP50000011TBA
Taiwan - IC10000000TBA
UK – WH5000000040324032TBA

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What to do to prepare yourself for IEC?

If you’re hoping to snag an invitation through IEC, the best thing to do is plan ahead. In order to make your IEC process as simple as possible, we recommend using our free interactive guide, Moving2Canada GO. GO provides you with personalized tasks and instructions for every step of IEC.

First, make sure you’re eligible for one of the three IEC programs: the Working Holiday program (the most popular option), Young Professionals, and International Co-op.

If you meet the eligibility for one of the programs, the next step is to submit yourself to the pools. Submitting your profile as early as possible will guarantee that you’re considered for all invitation rounds. Invitations are issued randomly, so you want to be in the pools as early as possible. If you had a profile in the 2021 pools and were not invited, your profile should have automatically carried forward into the 2022 pools (as long as you remain eligible). If you’re not sure if your profile has been carried forward, check your IRCC account

You can also begin preparing yourself for the work permit application you’ll have to submit if you receive an invitation.

People planning their move to Canada through IEC can get personalized guidance about how to succeed, as well as resources on how to make the most of your experience in Canada by using Moving2Canada GO.

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Moving2Canada GO: Your personalized guide to IEC!

Our free interactive tool will help you plan for every step of the IEC journey.

Finding a job for the 2022 IEC season

For the 2022 IEC Working Holiday season, it is no longer a requirement for participants to have a Canadian job offer arranged in advance. However, many IEC Working Holiday participants may want to start looking for jobs in Canada before they arrive. Thankfully, we just published a new guide on finding a job in Canada for the 2022 IEC season. Check it out.

If you’re looking for a physically demanding job with a great crew, we recommend taking a look at our partner, Young Guns Container Crew. They’re hiring labourers to help unload shipping containers in Toronto, Vancouver, and Cornwall, Ontario (with more locations to come in 2022). They love IECers and can offer you a job before you arrive. Apply here — or get more information by watching this video:


What is Moving2Canada GO?

Moving2Canada is changing the way we deliver information and advice to our community of ambitious, adventure-seeking newcomers to Canada and those on the way over soon. Moving2Canada GO is an interactive tool that enables you to organize your move and settle in Canada simply, while avoiding potentially costly errors along the way.

With a personalized list of tasks and and articles tailored for your needs and goals, Moving2Canada GO puts you at the heart of everything.

Click here to get going!

What is the IEC program?

The IEC program allows international youth from more than 30 countries aged 18 to 35 (or in some cases, 18 to 30) to live and work in Canada for up to 24 months.

Further help with your Working Holiday Canada application

Please explore our many resources to help you plan your application. Research is crucial as you plan for success on your Working Holiday Canada permit.

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