Find out about the launch of the 2018 International Experience Canada (IEC) Working Holiday Canada program.
The first round of invitations for the 2018 season of the IEC Working Holiday Canada program will happen during the week of November 20, 2017.
Citizens from the 33 countries participating in International Experience Canada are able to take part in the program. Quotas have been announced, with Irish candidates receiving up to 10,700 work permits in the 2018 program. Australian citizens will be able to avail of an unlimited number. The UK receives 5,000 permits, which matches the figure given at the start of the 2017 season (though it was later increased to 7,000 permits by the end of the 2017 season).
Tens of thousands of hopefuls have a fresh chance to get their hands on a work permit as part of the IEC Working Holiday Canada program for 2018, which opened for all participating countries on November 3, 2017.
Candidates for all pools – including Young Professionals and International Co-Op – are now able to create a profile.
The IEC participation fee rises from C$126 to C$150 for the 2018 program.
- See our step-by-step application guides for the Working Holiday Visa in Canada, and IEC Young Professionals.
Until 2015, candidates would need to be among the first to apply in order to receive their IEC Working Holiday Canada work permit, as they were issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
But changes were introduced for the 2016 program, meaning applicants could submit a profile at their leisure, and candidates would be selected to complete their application at random.
This new system is being retained for 2018. It applies to those seeking an IEC Working Holiday Canada work permit, as well as international co-op and young professionals applicants in countries where these are available.
Candidates will be required to create a profile, and become accepted into a pool of potential candidates.