Dreaming of Canada? You’re not the only one—it’s one of the top Working Holiday permis (WHP) destinations. Every year, thousands of travellers from all over the world spend months exploring the country and working along the way.
Canada is a place where you can experience unique weather conditions, see stunning landscapes and discover an interesting culture. Add potential work opportunities and interesting activities to try at least once and it’s easy to see why it’s on so many “countries to visit” lists. With a WHP, you could make your Canadian dream come true and spend a year or two (depending on your country of citizenship) working and travelling in the “true North strong and free.”
While this is not the ultimate and definitive guide to Canada—you’ll find much of the information on our website and up-to-date tips on the forum—it still gives you a very comprehensive overview of the WHP scheme, trip planning, options to consider and more.
Let’s start with a first tip. Every year, the Government of Canada sets a WHPw quota for each partner country. The number of WHPs released varies greatly from one country to another—there could be a few hundred to a few thousand WHPs available to a few hundred or hundreds of thousands potential applicants. The International Experience Canada (IEC) season’s opening dates change every year, but it usually starts in the fall. So, if you’re interested in applying for a WHP, stay tuned to jump on the opportunity and secure it!
Table of contents :
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: WORKING HOLIDAY VISA AND CANADA 101 - Why should you apply for a WHP?
- Chapter 3: One WHP, many ways to live the experience
- Chapter 4: The WHP experience with a disability
- Chapter 5: Where should I go?
- Chapter 6: Going off the beaten track—a few testimonies
- Chapter 7: An overview of Canadian provinces and territories
- Chapter 8: Applying for a WHP
- Chapter 9: The first steps to prepare for the adventure
- Chapter 10: How can I find the best health insurance policy?
- Chapter 11: Step-by-step pre-trip prep
- Chapter 12: Last steps before leaving the country
- Chapter 13: O, CANADA, HERE I AM! - Landing in Canada
- Chapter 14: Applying for a Social Insurance Number
- Chapter 15: Registering with your local embassy or consulate
- Chapter 16: Opening a bank account and transferring your money
- Chapter 17: Choosing your Internet and cellphone provider
- Chapter 18: Becoming a “Canadian customer”—grocery shopping and more
- Chapter 19: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CANADIAN ADVENTURE - Improving your French or English skills
- Chapter 20: Finding long-term accommodation
- Chapter 21: Growing a network and creating a Canadian-style resume
- Chapter 22: Looking for job offers and going through the hiring process
- Chapter 23: Volunteering with WWOOF, HelpX and Workaway
- Chapter 24: Buying a car or van
- Chapter 25: Canadian culture 101
- Chapter 26: Dealing with health issues
- Chapter 27: Dealing with homesickness, anxiety and financial issues
- Chapter 28: EXPLORING CANADA - Getting around in North America
- Chapter 29: The best adventures in Canada
- Chapter 30: The best destinations across Canada - The best destinations across Canada
- Chapter 31: Road trip 101
- Chapter 32: Tips for crossing the US border without hassle
- Chapter 33: THE ADVENTURE IS OVER… NOW WHAT? - Dealing with mixed feelings and the reverse culture shock
- Chapter 34: Going back to Canada… or travelling elsewhere!
Main articles about the WHV to Canada
Step-By-Step Guide to International Experience Canada Work Permits
Introduction to the Canada Working Holiday permit
Guide to Working Holiday in Canada (free download)
16 Good Reasons to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa
Globe WHV insurance policy highlights
The duration of your insurance coverage directly impacts your WHV
15 Tips for a Successful WHV Experience
The Working Holiday Visa Adventure as a Solo Traveller