Working Holiday Visa Canada

Canada is a safe, friendly country with lots of economic opportunities. It’s no wonder that every year, tens of thousands of travelers visit Canada on a working holiday visa.

Work and Travel Canada


Country: Canada
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Official Languages: English, French


A working holiday in Canada is one of the most popular travel experiences for young people.

Canada is a safe, friendly country with lots of economic opportunities. It’s no wonder that every year, tens of thousands of travelers visit Canada on a working holiday visa.

A work and travel Canada experience is for everyone though and for all we hope you will get out this year and live the adventure. This post should get you started but let us know how we can help in any way.


Working Holiday Visa Canada

The name of a working holiday visa in Canada is an IEC (International Experience Canada) and allows the holder to work for up to one year (except Austrians, who can work for up to 6 months, and Portuguese, who can work for up to 2 years). To qualify for this working holiday visa to Canada, you need to meet the following requirements:

Be from one of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,Ukraine, the United Kingdom or the United States of America;
Note – citizens from the USA must be a tertiary student or have completed their studies in the 9 months before they make the application;

Be aged between 18 and 30 for most countries.
For the following countries, the maximum age limit is 35: Australia, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland
 Have $2,500CAD in your account on arrival;
 Have health insurance for your entire stay; and
 Have a return ticket home, or enough money for a ticket.

More working holiday Canada information:

Apply online directly with the Canadian Government:

Visa First application service:

STA Travel Work Abroad service (includes employment) for UK residents:

STA Travel Work Abroad service (includes employment) for Australian/New Zealand residents:

How to Apply for a Canadian Working Holiday Visa (IEC)

Visas are given out on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so you want to put your application in as soon as possible to have the best chance of getting a visa. Here’s a brief overview of how you apply for a working holiday visa to Canada.

 Complete the ‘Coming to Canada’ questionnaire on the official website. If you meet the criteria for the visa, you will receive a reference number.
 Use this reference number to create an account on the Government website and fill in your interest form.
 Submit your application to the pools that you are eligible for.
 Wait to receive an invitation to apply for a visa (known as an ITA). This could take a number of weeks, and in some cases your pool might have already been filled. This is why it is best to apply as early as you can.
 Once you receive the ITA, you have 10 days to accept it.
 Once you have accepted the ITA, you have 20 days to finish your application by uploading all the required documents and paying the fees (approximately $250 CAD).
 Submit your application.
 If it is successful, you will receive a letter of invitation which will allow you entry to Canada.

Working and Travel Canada Accommodation

Rentseeker– – lists houses, apartments and flats for rent all over Canada
PadMapper – – apartment rentals across Canada and the USA
Craigslist – – a popular website for finding shared and private rentals – just be aware of scams.
Rents Line – – rental options all over Canada

Working Holiday Jobs Canada

Best Ski Jobs
– – a British website listing ski jobs, some with accommodation included.
– – one of Canada’s largest job sites with all kinds of jobs available.
The Working Holiday Club – – for British, Australian and New Zealand citizens, the Working Holiday Club arranges ski jobs and accommodation.
Whistler Blackcomb – – one of Canada’s largest ski resorts employs many people on working holiday visas.
Big White
– – another large ski resort, with a limited number of staff houses available.
Lake Louise Resort
– – a resort that is open in both the winter and summer, and employs many people on working holiday visas.
Smaller Earth – – fancy working at a summer camp in Canada? Smaller Earth has many jobs available.
HI Hostels
– – Hostel International has short-term accommodation, as well as jobs that usually include accommodation.
Picking Jobs
– – fruit picking jobs, which are usually located in Canada’s beautiful regional areas.
Hospitality Jobs – – jobs in the hospitality industry, such as waiters, bartenders, chefs and baristas.
Go Overseas Au Pair Jobs
– – most au pairs receive pocket money as well as board and accommodation.

Cost of Living in Canada

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