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International Experience Canada 2021

Applications now open for International Experience Canada 2021 season

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now accepting applications for the International Experience Canada 2021 season. International Experience Canada (IEC) provides youth with the opportunity to travel to and work in Canada. Applications are open as of March 1, 2021. Candidates who receive and accept an invitation to apply have 20 days to submit a full work permit application.

If you’re eligible for International Experience Canada 2021, you’ll be placed into one or more pools of International Experience Canada (IEC pools) candidates. You will get a message in your IRCC account that confirms you are in the pool(s).

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IRCC regularly invites eligible candidates from the IEC pools to apply for a work permit. These are called rounds of invitations. The number of candidates invited to apply during each round varies. Rounds will take place until there are no more spots available or the IEC season closes.

Eligibility for International Experience Canada 2021

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Candidates aged 18 to 35 from one of 34 participating countries can apply for International Experience Canada 2021 in one of three categories:

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  1. Working Holiday
  2. International Co-Op (Internship)
  3. Young Professionals

1. Working Holiday

The Working Holiday category is for candidates looking to fund a vacation with temporary work in Canada.

Candidate Profile

  • You don’t have a job offer.
  • You want to work for more than one employer.
  • You want to work in more than one location.
  • You would like to earn some money so you can travel.

Working Holiday candidates receive an open work permit which allows them to work for any employer in Canada.

2. International Co-Op (Internship)

The International Co-Op categories is aimed at candidates looking for overseas work experience int heir field of study.

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Candidate Profile

  • You are a student registered at a post-secondary institution.
  • You have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada.
  • You need to do this work placement or internship to complete your studies.
  • You will work for the same employer in the same location during your stay.

International Co-Op category candidates receive an employer-specific work permit, which means they can only work for the same employer in Canada. Internships must be directly linked to field of study.

Wages must follow the labour laws in the specific province or territory. The law determines if an internship needs to be paid.

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3. Young Professionals

The Young Professionals category is for those looking to gain Canadian professional work experience.

Candidate Profile

  • You have a job offer in Canada that contributes to your professional development.
  • You will work for the same employer in the same location.

Under this category, work must be paid and not self-employed.

Young Professionals category candidates receive an employer-specific work permit, which means they can only work for the same employer in Canada.

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Job Requirements

  • Employer must meet labour laws in province or territory, including minimum wage.
  • Job offer must be classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A or B.
  • NOC C jobs might be accepted if you can submit a post-secondary diploma, certificate or degree, with your work permit application. Your diploma, certificate or degree must be translated to English or French.

Use a Recognized Organization (RO)

The IRCC publishes a list of recognized organizations (ROs) that provide services under the International Experience Canada Program. ROs provide services for a fee to both Canadians going abroad and foreign nationals coming to Canada, such as help finding a job, somewhere to live, or with travel arrangements. The organizations are either Canadian with offices overseas, or international with offices in Canada. See IRCC: Work and travel in Canada using a Recognized Organization.

ROs can help you:

  • get information about Canadian
    • culture
    • languages
    • laws
    • taxes
  • find a job
  • find transportation
  • with general support and advice

ROs are youth service organizations that offer work and travel support to youth. They can be non-profit, for profit, or educational.

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List of ROs

AIESEC Canada

AIESEC Canada is a non-profit organization that helps develop leadership in youth.

Types of work permits:

  • Young Professionals (employer-specific work permit) for career development

Target market: Youth aged 18 to 30

Eligible to: IEC countries/territories, Brazil, India

GO International

GO International is a Canadian organization that offers work and travel opportunities.

Types of work permits:

  • Working Holiday (open work permit)

Target market: Youth aged 18 to 35

Eligible to: IEC countries/territories, the United States

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

IAESTE offers opportunities in technical career-related jobs.

Types of work permits:

  • Young Professionals (employer-specific work permit) for career development
  • International Co-op (Internship) (employer-specific work permit) for students

Target market: Youth aged 18 to 35

Eligible to: IEC countries and other IAESTE country partners

International Rural Exchange (IRE)

IRE is a Canadian organization that offers paid placements to youth with education or experience in farming, gardening, landscaping and other jobs related to agriculture and horticulture.

Types of work permits:

  • Working Holiday (open work permit)
  • Young Professionals (employer-specific work permit) for career development

Target Market: Youth aged 18 to 35

Eligible to: IEC countries/territories only

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN)

Memorial University offers internships for students and recent graduates.

Types of work permits:

  • Working Holiday (open work permit)
  • International Co-op (Internship) (employer-specific work permit) for students

Target market: Youth aged 18 to 35

Eligible to: IEC countries/territories only

Stepwest

Stepwest offers work experiences ranging from paid ski resort jobs to industry-specific student internships.

Types of work permits:

  • Working Holiday (open work permit)
  • Young Professionals (employer-specific work permit) for career development

Target market: Youth aged 18 to 35

Eligible to: IEC countries/territories only

SWAP Working Holidays

SWAP Working Holidays helps with working holidays and young professional work and travel opportunities.

Types of work permits:

  • Working Holiday (open work permit)
  • Young Professionals (employer-specific work permit) for career development

Target market: Youth aged 18 to 35

Eligible to: IEC countries/territories, the United States

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia offers internship opportunities for students and recent graduates.

Types of work permits:

  • Young Professionals (employer-specific work permit) for career development
  • International Co-op (Internship) (employer-specific work permit) for students

Target market: Youth aged 18 to 35

Eligible to: IEC countries/territories, Brazil, China, Iceland, India, Pakistan, Singapore, the United States

University of New Brunswick

Through Student Abroad Programs, the University of New Brunswick helps with academic placements, internships and research opportunities.

Types of work permits:

  • Young Professionals (employer-specific work permit) for career development
  • International Co-op (Internship) (employer-specific work permit) for students

Target market: Youth aged 18 to 30

Eligible to: IEC countries/territories only

Countries eligible for International Experience Canada

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

IEC Application process at a glance

The International Experience Canada (IEC) application process involves various steps. For details see International Experience Canada Program. The graphic “International Experience Canada Online Application Process” below is an overview of the steps you need to take to apply for IEC.

International Experience Canada 2021

IEC participants: Requirements for travel to Canada

Only IEC participants with a Port of Entry Letter of Introduction and a valid job offer are eligible to travel to Canada right now. You must also be able to start your job as soon as you complete your quarantine. Check the start date on your job offer before you travel.

To learn more about restrictions for travel to Canada and additional testing and quarantine requirements use the Flying to Canada requirements checklist.

Find answers to commonly asked questions about International Experience Canada

Related: How to get Canada work permit – Guidelines; International Experience Canada (Working Holidays Visa)


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.