The Canadian Working Holiday Visa Program

International Experience Canada (IEC) is the Canadian Working Holiday Visa Program offered to non-Canadians who would like the opportunity to come to Canada for a designated period to work and explore the country. There are different types of the Canadian Working Holiday Program (IEC) offered, which are aimed at different aspects of spending a year abroad, according to one’s wants and needs.

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International Experience Canada: Working Holiday Visa

If you are moving to Canada with your family and want to spend time working and traveling before you go to CEGEP or University the IEC working holiday visa is perfect for you. While in possession of this working holiday visa, you can be employed anywhere in Canada, and you are not limited to having just one job. Remember, however, that the Working Holiday Visa cannot be extended or renewed, so it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is offered to citizens of the following countries (click your country of origin for country specific working holiday visa information):

International Experience Canada: Young Professional Visa

This permit offers young people short-term work opportunities in specific fields, including administration and business, commerce, communications, education, finance, law, science and others, with a fixed-term contract. This working holiday visa is aimed at allowing young adults to to gain experience abroad in hopes of giving them a foot up in what is fast becoming a full-fledged global market. It is offered to citizens of the following countries (click your country of origin for country specific permit information):

International Experience Canada: International Coop Visa

This working holiday visa is aimed at providing work opportunities to post-secondary students who want to fulfill a university program requirement by completing their work placement or internship in Canada. These students want to gain practical experience in a foreign country. A work permit is needed regardless of whether or not the internship period is short, or if is unpaid. It is offered to citizens of the following countries (click your country of origin for specific working holiday visa information):

At, we hope you find the perfect option for working in, and exploring Canada!


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About Camille

I adore Paris, I really do. But who can pass up an exciting opportunity to explore North America? When I enrolled in a Canadian university, I experienced the differences between French culture in France and French culture in Canada. And there really are differences! For one, French Canadians speak French in their own way. The country is so vast and there are lots of opportunities to find a fulfilling career. While some cities feel like a mix of European and North American culture, others have a completely Canadian identity. And don’t get me started on the delicious, hearty food! The country is charming, laid back and full of life. I’m here to help ease your transition to Canadian living, and give you a few of my special insider tips. // J’adore Paris, vraiment, mais qui peut refuser une occasion formidable d’aller explorer l’Amérique du Nord. Lorsque je me suis inscrite dans une université canadienne, j’ai vécu les différences entre la culture française en France et la culture française au Canada et il y a vraiment beaucoup de différences ! Effectivement, les canadiens français parlent français à leur manière. Le pays est si vaste qu’il y a beaucoup d’opportunités pour réaliser une carrière enrichissante. Alors que plusieurs villes sont un mélange de la culture Européenne et Nord Américaine, d’autres sont typiquement canadiennes. Sans parler des mets délicieux et plutôt copieux ! C’est un pays charmant, décontracté et plein de vie. Je suis là pour vous aider à faciliter votre transition vers la vie canadienne et pour vous donner quelques un de mes conseils.