Work & Travel: Canada Opens Doors for Young People from 30 Countries!

Live and work in Canada for up to 2 years! The International Experience Canada (IEC) program opens its doors to young people from 30 countries for an unforgettable adventure. Earn money, gain valuable experience, and explore breathtaking landscapes with this work and travel program. Check if your country is eligible and start planning your Canadian dream today!

Are you a young professional between 18 and 35, eager to explore the world while gaining valuable work experience? Look no further! The International Experience Canada (IEC) program has established partnerships with 30 countries, providing an exciting opportunity for eligible individuals to work and travel abroad.

In this article, we’ll delve into the highlights of the IEC program, its benefits, and the list of 30 countries that have joined hands with Canada for this youth-focused initiative.

International Experience Canada Program

The International Experience Canada (IEC) program, tailored for foreign nationals of as many as 30 countries aged 18 to 35, facilitates work and travel experiences in Canada.

Participants are granted a work permit or visa valid for up to two years, allowing them to immerse themselves in diverse cultures, work environments, and global landscapes.


3 Pathways for Seamless Work and Travel

Participants of IEC are granted the flexibility of travelling and working in Canada for up to 2 years. Within this timeframe, you can choose from three distinctive work and travel experiences:

1. Working Holiday: Unbound by employer restrictions, explore Canada’s diverse landscape while discovering fulfilling seasonal jobs in various sectors. This open work permit grants you the freedom to work and travel at your own pace.

2. Young Professionals: Secure an employer-specific work permit and delve into professional development opportunities in your field. Gain valuable real-world experience and expand your network within your chosen industry.

3. International Co-op (Internship): Dive deep into your academic discipline through a challenging and rewarding internship with a Canadian company. Enhance your professional skills, gain industry insights, and build your network under expert guidance.


Eligibility and Participation

To join the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, your country must have a Youth Mobility Agreement (YMA) with Canada. This agreement opens the door to a myriad of opportunities for Canadian youth to work and travel in the following 30 countries:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Join the Community

Citizens of eligible partner countries can embark on their IEC journey independently or seek support from recognized organizations (ROs).

These Canadian-based organizations offer guidance and assistance before, during, and after your IEC experience, helping you navigate the application process, find accommodation, and connect with other international youth.

Ready for Your Takeoff?

Taking the first step is simple:

  1. Create a profile: During the open season (currently underway for 2024!), submit your information and express your interest in the IEC program.
  2. Wait for an invitation: If eligible, you’ll receive an invitation to apply for your chosen category.
  3. Apply for a work permit: Gather your documents and submit your application, showcasing your qualifications and aspirations.

IEC awaits, brimming with endless possibilities. Embrace the adventure, embark on your Canadian journey, and let the world be your canvas. Remember:

  • Processing fees apply (CAN$172), with potential additional costs.
  • The current processing time after document submission and biometrics is approximately 5 weeks.
  • Explore 8 recognized organizations (ROs) for additional support.

Don’t Miss Out!

Whether you are eager to immerse yourself in the Canadian culture, enhance your professional skills, or embark on an unforgettable adventure, International Experience Canada is your key to unlocking a world of opportunities. Apply today, and let the adventure begin!

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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