International Experience Canada (IEC) gives youth the opportunity to travel and work in Canada for up to 2 years.
There are 3 different kinds of work and travel experiences available: Working Holiday
This category is for you if
You’ll need to get a medical exam first for some jobs. Young Professionals
This category is for you if
Under this category, work must be
The type of work permit you get in the Young Professionals category is an employer-specific work permit.
Your employer must meet all labour laws in the province or territory where you plan to work, including minimum wage requirements.
On November 16, 2022, we’re switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
The job you are offered in Canada must be classified as a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type or level 0, A or B to be considered as contributing to your “professional development.”
An NOC C job may qualify if it’s in your field of study. When you apply, you’ll need to submit your post-secondary
It must be translated into English or French. International Co-op (Internship)
If you’re a citizen of a partner country, you may be able to apply to one or more of these 3 categories.
If you aren’t a citizen of a partner country, you may still be able to apply to IEC through a recognized organization.
Watch this video for an overview of the International Experience Canada application process and common mistakes to avoid along the way.
Normally, your profile will stay in the pool until:
We’ll regularly issue invitations to candidates in the IEC pools during the IEC season. Check the schedule to find out:
You can submit an IEC profile at any time during the IEC season. As long as you submit your profile before the date of the last round of invitations for your country, you may receive an Invitation to Apply for a work permit.
You can only have 1 IEC profile at any time. However, you can be eligible for more than 1 IEC pool.
When you complete your profile, we’ll tell you which pools are available to you. You can submit your profile to any of these available pools. For example, you might be eligible to submit your profile to the Working Holiday and Young Professionals pools.
Invitations to Apply are issued in the following order:
If your profile is in an International Co-op (Internship) pool and Working Holiday pool, you’ll receive an Invitation to Apply for an International Co-op category. You’ll only receive an Invitation to Apply for a Working Holiday work permit if there are no spots left in the International Co-op (Internship) category.
You won’t automatically get a work permit, if you receive an Invitation to Apply.
To get a work permit, you’ll have to:
If you’re in an IEC pool, you should start getting any supporting documents you may need for your work permit application. Some documents may take several months to get. You could get an Invitation to Apply at any time, and you’ll have limited time to submit your work permit application and documents.
Please refer to CIC website for latest and updated information
There are many good job search portals available in Canada which can help you to secure a job suitable for your experience and education. Few of them are; Prudent Jobs, Jobbank.g.ca, Indeed, LinkedIn, and more one can search online.