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.
|Pool||Quota||Invitations to date||Invitations since last week||Spots available||Spots filled last round||Eligible candidates in pool||Candidate change||Chances of invite in next round|
|Andorra – WH||25||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Australia – WH||Unlimited||0||0||Unlimited||n/a||36||36||TBA|
|Australia – YP||Unlimited||0||0||Unlimited||n/a||1||1||TBA|
|Australia – IC||Unlimited||0||0||Unlimited||n/a||0||0||TBA|
|Austria - WH||TBA||0||0||0||0||58||58||TBA|
|Austria - YP||TBA||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Austria - IC||TBA||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Belgium - WH||750||0||0||0||0||402||402||TBA|
|Chile - WH||TBA||0||0||0||0||2569||2569||TBA|
|Chile - YP||TBA||0||0||0||0||106||106||TBA|
|Chile - IC||TBA||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Costa Rica - WH||80||0||0||0||0||267||267||TBA|
|Costa Rica - YP||15||0||0||0||0||27||27||TBA|
|Costa Rica - IC||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Croatia - WH||275||0||0||0||0||45||45||TBA|
|Croatia - YP||20||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Croatia - IC||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Czech Republic - WH||1000||0||0||0||0||474||474||TBA|
|Czech Republic - YP||145||0||0||0||0||1||1||TBA|
|Czech Republic - IC||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Denmark – WH||350||0||0||0||0||103||103||TBA|
|Estonia - WH||110||0||0||0||0||58||58||TBA|
|Estonia - YP||10||0||0||0||0||1||1||TBA|
|Estonia - IC||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|France - WH||7100||0||0||0||0||9590||9590||TBA|
|France - YP||2200||0||0||0||0||25||25||TBA|
|France - VIE||450||0||0||0||0||33||33||TBA|
|France - IC||4250||0||0||0||0||69||69||TBA|
|Germany – WH||TBA||0||0||0||0||1385||1385||TBA|
|Germany – YP||TBA||0||0||0||0||3||3||TBA|
|Germany – IC||TBA||0||0||0||0||2||2||TBA|
|Greece - WH||180||0||0||0||0||89||89||TBA|
|Greece - YP||10||0||0||0||0||8||8||TBA|
|Greece - IC||10||0||0||0||0||1||1||TBA|
|Hong Kong - WH||200||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Ireland – WH||10500||0||0||0||0||2879||2879||TBA|
|Ireland – YP||150||0||0||0||0||4||4||TBA|
|Ireland – IC||50||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Italy - WH||1000||0||0||0||0||650||650||TBA|
|Japan - WH||6500||0||0||0||0||0||1695||TBA|
|Latvia - WH||40||0||0||0||0||42||42||TBA|
|Latvia - YP||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Latvia - IC||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Lithuania - WH||175||0||0||0||0||189||189||TBA|
|Lithuania - YP||20||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Lithuania - IC||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Luxembourg - WH||80||0||0||0||0||9||9||TBA|
|Luxembourg - YP||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Luxembourg - IC||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Netherlands - WH||430||0||0||0||0||252||252||TBA|
|Netherlands - YP||170||0||0||0||0||2||2||TBA|
|New Zealand – WH||2500||0||0||0||0||321||321||TBA|
|Norway - WH||130||0||0||0||0||24||24||TBA|
|Norway - YP||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Norway - IC||5||0||0||0||0||236||236||TBA|
|Poland - WH||635||0||0||0||0||236||236||TBA|
|Poland - YP||110||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Poland - IC||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Portugal - WH||1750||0||0||0||0||283||283||TBA|
|Portugal - YP||200||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Portugal - IC||50||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|San Marino - WH||25||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Slovakia - WH||TBA||0||0||0||0||196||196||TBA|
|Slovakia - YP||TBA||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Slovakia - IC||TBA||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Slovenia - WH||TBA||0||0||0||0||22||22||TBA|
|Slovenia - YP||TBA||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Slovenia - IC||TBA||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|South Korea - WH||4000||0||0||0||0||3329||3329||TBA|
|Spain – WH||800||0||0||0||0||699||699||TBA|
|Spain – YP||150||0||0||0||0||12||12||TBA|
|Spain – IC||50||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Sweden - WH||580||0||0||0||0||70||70||TBA|
|Sweden - YP||100||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Sweden - IC||20||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Switzerland - YP||200||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|Switzerland - IC||50||0||0||0||0||1||1||TBA|
|Taiwan - WH||940||0||0||0||0||1222||1222||TBA|
|Taiwan - YP||50||0||0||0||0||1||1||TBA|
|Taiwan - IC||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||TBA|
|UK – WH||5000||0||0||0||0||4032||4032||TBA|
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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.
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.