The 2022 IEC season closed on October 17. The 2023 IEC season will likely open in late December or January. 

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Final invitation round for IEC 2022 was a big one.

The 2022 International Experience Canada (IEC) season ended with a big invitation round — 4,735 invitations in total, nearly a quarter of which went to candidates from the UK.

Other pools tapped for invitations in large numbers included Working Holiday pools for Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and New Zealand. Depending on the pool, all or most remaining candidates were invited to apply this week, if enough spots remained in the quota.

The 2022 season is now done and dusted, having closed to new profiles the morning of October 17. Invitations continued to flow through the week, but would-be candidates had to have their profile in place prior to that October 17 deadline.

Invited candidates yet to submit their work permit application can still complete and submit their application after October 17, within the deadlines set.

More than 120,000 invitations were issued in 2022, making this season has been a big one as invitation figures finally returning to their pre-pandemic invitation levels. During the 2020 and 2021 IEC seasons, invitations were limited due to the crisis phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A full breakdown of the latest invitation figures and candidates’ chances of invitation can be found in the table below.

What if I was not invited before the October 17 deadline?

IEC invitations are issued randomly, so there is always a chance that you may not be selected. Don’t worry! The IEC season typically only stays closed for two or three months. The 2023 IEC season will likely launch in December or January. Create a free Moving2Canada account and sign up for our newsletter to be notified when the 2023 season is announced.

Over recent months, many IEC applicants have already had their complete work permit applications approved by Canadian immigration authorities. This important step in the IEC application process results in the issuance of a Port of Entry Letter of Introduction, popularly known as a POE or LOI. Plenty of POE recipients have been celebrating and sharing their timelines and future plans on the popular Moving2Canada IEC Working Holiday discussion group, which now counts more than 34,000 active members.

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The 2022 IEC season updates

From January through October, hopeful participants from many participating countries were able to submit profiles to the different IEC pools, including for the popular Working Holiday program. Although the 2022 IEC season is now closed, you can check the table below to find out how many invitations were issued for your country over the past year.

IEC is a work permit program that allows youth from participating countries to come to Canada to work and travel. The 2022 IEC season issued more than 120,000 invitations — bring IEC back to the high levels of invitations seen before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

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 were automatically carried forward into the 2022 pools (as long as they remained eligible). It’s unclear if unselected profiles from the 2022 season will carry forward for the 2023 IEC season.

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.

Quotas & invitations for the 2022 IEC season

The table below includes all participating IEC countries and pools. The pools have now closed. This table reflects the final invitation numbers for the 2022 IEC season:

Final update for 2022

PoolQuotaInvitations to dateInvitations since last weekSpots availableSpots filled last roundEligible candidates in poolCandidate changeChances of invite in next round
Andorra – WH25222200Very low
Australia – WHUnlimited8716302Unlimitedn/a11-130Very low
Australia – YPUnlimited2515Unlimitedn/a10Very low
Australia – ICUnlimited60Unlimitedn/a00Very low
Austria - WH17137415008-6Very low
Austria - YP73305-200Very low
Austria - IC2102000Very low
Belgium - WH1250180089154617-33Very low
Chile - WH92516625008392-60Very low
Chile - YP702171000195-2Very low
Chile - IC5905000Very low
Costa Rica - WH1553000008154Very low
Costa Rica - YP4098400190Very low
Costa Rica - IC5902000Very low
Croatia - WH2752291015942-2Very low
Croatia - YP206018000Very low
Croatia - IC5005000Very low
Czech Republic - WH100018857736490-43Very low
Czech Republic - YP14835490572Very low
Czech Republic - IC2102000Very low
Denmark – WH450616137821-3Very low
Estonia - WH11019834110-2Very low
Estonia - YP102002011Very low
Estonia - IC5002000Very low
France - WH1095019515501059224-637Very low
France - YP31005450407015221260Very low
France - VIE450662570035-54Very low
France - IC25003433128269745-71Very low
Germany – WH449072281963061300-100Very low
Germany – YP3504212715614184Very low
Germany – IC16017788130-3Very low
Greece - WH275427100045-16Very low
Greece - YP481061400141Very low
Greece - IC2101000Very low
Hong Kong - WH200520470032-10Very low
Ireland – WH1050012653330417819625-110Very low
Ireland – YP1502164109022Very low
Ireland – IC501624210-2Very low
Italy - WH10003079211009-158Very low
Japan - WH6500834647977333214-184Very low
Latvia - WH45118100014-8Very low
Latvia - YP3301000Very low
Latvia - IC2002000Very low
Lithuania - WH19546650072-4Very low
Lithuania - YP31560010Very low
Lithuania - IC2002000Very low
Luxembourg - WH804314710-2Very low
Luxembourg - YP10229110Very low
Luxembourg - IC10109000Very low
Netherlands - WH7501314320130-11Very low
Netherlands - YP10020660440Very low
New Zealand – WH25003066123636763-46Very low
Norway - WH13011766240-2Very low
Norway - YP155013000Very low
Norway - IC5604000Very low
Poland - WH6351286980270-51Very low
Poland - YP1108426311-2Very low
Poland - IC5204000Very low
Portugal - WH1750150963806440-32Very low
Portugal - YP20059117810-1Very low
Portugal - IC509044000Very low
San Marino - WH257023000Very low
Slovakia - WH31562630035-1Very low
Slovakia - YP3310400000Very low
Slovakia - IC2002000Very low
Slovenia - WH807963630-2Very low
Slovenia - YP153013000Very low
Slovenia - IC5005000Very low
South Korea - WH40008158000388120Very low
Spain – WH13703315180000-181Very low
Spain – YP120270290012-7Very low
Spain – IC101300000Very low
Sweden - WH58057518291100-16Very low
Sweden - YP10040279132Very low
Sweden - IC204017000Very low
Switzerland - YP2002010600103Very low
Switzerland - IC503252730-2Very low
Taiwan - WH940236030002005-9Very low
Taiwan - YP581272200220Very low
Taiwan - IC22802010Very low
UK – WH8000173921122008-925Very low

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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.

Young Guns Container Crew

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:

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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.

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