Interested in a working holiday in Canada in 2018 or 2019? Find out about International Experience Canada Working Holiday work permits (sometimes referred to as a Working Holiday Visa in Canada) on this page.
With pools now closed for the IEC 2018 season and the 2019 season due to open imminently, find out how you can be kept up to date on when the 2019 IEC season opens.
What is the IEC Working Holiday Visa in Canada program?
It provides temporary work permits to young people from over 30 countries, so they can legally live and get a job in Canada. The permits are valid for either 12 or 24 months, depending on your country of citizenship.
Candidates must first create a profile, which notifies Canadian authorities of their desire to receive a working holiday visa in Canada. Successful candidates will receive an invitation to formally complete their application for a work permit, however this success is subject to eligibility and availability.
Who can apply?
View the full list of International Experience Canada participating countries, including the different categories of work permits that are available.
The 2019 IEC season and biometrics
A new requirement for certain IEC applicants to submit biometric data, including electronic fingerprints, at designated centres has already caused confusion and disruption for applicants over the second half of 2018. This confusion and disruption is likely to continue into the 2019 IEC season, and it is crucial for potential applicants to understand the requirement and how to alleviate potential stress caused by it.
How to get a working holiday visa in Canada
You can create a profile on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
Draws take place at “regular intervals”, where candidates are selected at random to receive an invitation to apply for a work permit, until all places are filled for the year. This means you can create a profile and become a candidate at your leisure, any time after the opening date for your country.
However, your best bet is to become a candidate as early as possible for a working holiday visa in Canada, as this IEC category is particularly popular. This will expose you to a greater number of these draws.
You’ll be asked to enter one or more ‘pools’ as determined by country and work permit category. ‘Australia: Working Holiday’ and ‘Ireland: Young Professionals’ are examples of pools.
IRCC has committed to giving at least five days notice before each country’s and category’s final rounds of invitations, which will mark the closure of that pool for the season.
Here’s how to become a candidate, and receive an invitation to apply for an IEC working holiday visa in Canada.