Canada’s Working Holiday is one of the categories you can apply under IEC or International Experience Canada.
To become a candidate, you must hold a passport from an eligible country that has an agreement with Canada that allows its citizens to work and travel. This agreement is similar to Working Holiday visas in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and in the Philippines.
Working Holiday in Canada
With IEC’s Working Holiday, you can work and travel in Canada for a specific time period. This helps you to be able to explore, afford accommodation, exchanges culture and get a work experience while staying in Canada.
It is also possible to get a regular job and stay longer in Canada by having a working visa.
If you want to become part of IEC for Working Holiday category, you will need to be a candidate to eventually receive an invitation to come to Canada. If unfortunately did not receive an invitation, that means you’re no longer eligible for IEC. They will also clear all the profiles to prepare for the next season.
Countries with IEC agreements with Canada
IEC has three categories and one of them is Working Holiday. Not all countries under IEC agreements are eligible in all categories. Only the following countries can apply for Working Holiday:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
You must have a proof of sufficient funds when you arrive in Canada. Your bank certificate must clearly show that you have a minimum 2,500 Canadian Dollars, enough to support your three months stay in the country. You will be also required to get a work permit in Canada.
IEC Working holiday for Filipinos (2017)
Currently, there are no agreements for Working Holiday between the Philippines and Canada. Nevertheless, you can use ROs (Recognized Organizations) for your IEC application.
- International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)
- International Association for Students of Economics and Commerce (AIESEC)
- Canadian Host Family Association (CHFA) with Communicating for Agriculture Education Programs (CAEP)
- International Rural Exchange (IRE)
- International Volunteer Exchange Program of the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada (MCC-IVEP)
- Academic Internship Council
- University of Alberta
- University of New Brunswick
- INTERNeX International Exchange
- SWAP Working Holidays
- GO International
Citizens of certain countries are also required to be resident in their country of citizenship at the time they apply for their IEC Working Holiday visa in Canada. Ex. a biological Filipino can apply for IEC if you are a legal citizen of United Kingdom.