International Experience Canada (IEC)

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What is the International Experience Canada Program?

The International Experience Canada (IEC) has three streams, Working Holiday, Young Professionals, and International Co-op (Internship) which provides an opportunity for young people from participating countries to travel and work to Canada. Each participating country may offer one or two of the programs and others allow candidates to participate twice, but in different pools.

How does the International Experience Canada Program work?

Applicants must first create an IEC profile which if eligible will be automatically entered into the IEC pool of candidates. From there IEC conducts a random draw which will be issued an Invitation to Apply and are given 10 days to accept and 20 days after accepting to apply for a Work Permit. By declining an invitation, the candidate will be put back into the pool, there will be no adverse effects for future invitations. The candidates will remain in the pool until the end of the season. The participating countries can be found here.

What are the requirements of the International Experience Canada Program?

In general, applicants who are between 18 and 35 years old and are citizens of countries with a bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada may be eligible for IEC work permits under the following streams. Below is a list of participating countries.

Working Holiday Program

What is the Working Holiday Program?

This program is very popular because it is amazing for applicants who are interested in funding their vacation with temporary work in Canada. The program is for applicants who want to travel and vacation in Canada and earn some money to fund their travels. The program is suitable if the applicant does not have a job offer yet, but plan to work with more than one employer in Canada. Successful applicants will be issued an Open Work Permit.

What are the Working Holiday Program requirements?

The general eligibility requirements will vary depending on the participating Country:

  • Must have a valid passport
  • Must be a citizen of one of the participating countries
  • Must be between 18-35 years old (may vary depending on participating countries requirements)
  • Must have available health insurance
  • Must have no dependents
  • Must proof sufficient funds to support their temporary stay and departure

Young Professionals

What is the Young Professionals Program?

This program is for applicants who want to gain professional work experience by working with a Canadian employer. It's great for young professionals who want international experience added to their resume. If successful, applicants will be issued an Employer Specific Work Permit meaning they have to work under the same employer in the same location for the duration of their stay in Canada.

What are the Young Professionals Program requirements?

The general eligibility requirements will vary depending on the participating Country:

  • Must have a valid passport
  • Must be a citizen of one of the participating countries
  • Must have a post-secondary diploma, certificate, or degree
  • Must have a valid job offer for paid work in their expertise which adds to their professional development under NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B
  • Must be between 18-35 years old (may vary depending on participating countries requirements)
  • Must have available health insurance
  • Must have no accompanying dependents
  • Must proof sufficient funds to support their temporary stay and departure

International Co-op (Internship)

What is the International Co-op Program?

This program is great for international students who want to complete an internship or work placement in Canada as a requirement for their post-secondary education. It's great for international students who want to gain experience in their field of study, but also want to travel and experience Canada. A successful applicant will be issued an employer-specific work permit.

  • Must have a valid passport
  • Must be a citizen of one of the participating countries
  • Must be enrolled at a post-secondary institution
  • Must have a valid job offer for a paid work placement or internship in Canada under NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B
  • Must be between 18-35 years old (may vary depending on participating countries requirements)
  • Must have available health insurance
  • Must have no accompanying dependents
  • Must proof sufficient funds to support their temporary stay and travel

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