The Young Professionals work permit is one of the three International Experience Canada (IEC) work permits. It is available to 18-30 or 18-35 year-old citizens from 24 countries who have a job offer in Canada. This job offer must be related to your studies or work field. Depending on your country of citizenship, you could work in Canada for up to 12, 18 or 24 months.
Already familiar with the work permit? If you’re ready to apply, read the Step-By-Step Guide to International Experience Canada Work Permits — International Co-op, Young Professionals and Working Holiday Applications.
If you’re just discovering the Young Professionals work permit, read on for a complete overview.
Pros and cons of the Young Professionals work permit
- Once you have a job offer in Canada, the application process is very straightforward.
- Your future employer does NOT need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This makes finding an employer much easier because the LMIA—which confirms there is a need for a temporary foreign worker and that no Canadians are available to do the job—costs about $1,000.
- The valuable work experience you gain in Canada can make a future application for permanent residence much easier. If you work full-time for two years in a skilled position, you could be eligible for the Express Entry category (to become a permanent resident anywhere in Canada except in Quebec) and the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (Québec experience program, to become a permanent resident in Quebec).
- You need to find a job offer in Canada before applying for the work permit.
- The job offer must “contribute to your professional development,” i.e. be directly related to your studies or work field. It must also be classified as a National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code Skill Type Level 0, A or B, although an NOC C job might be accepted if you can submit a post-secondary diploma, certificate or degree, with your work permit application.
- The work permit is not renewable. If you want to stay in Canada, you will have to apply for another type of work permit or for permanent residence.
- Your future employer must pay a CAN$230 employer compliance fee.
- The Young Professionals work permit is an employer-specific work permit. This means that you can only work for one employer and you can only change for “valid reasons,” including being laid off. More info on this below!
- Freelancers and other self-employed professionals are not eligible due to the nature of their employment status.
Table of contents :
- Chapter 1: Pros and cons of the Young Professionals work permit
- Chapter 2: When can I apply? How many work permits are available each year?
- Chapter 3: Am I eligible for a Young Professionals work permit?
- Chapter 4: What kind of jobs are eligible for the Young Professionals work permit?
- Chapter 5: How does the Young Professionals work permit application process work?
- Chapter 6: What supporting documents do I need to provide with my application?
- Chapter 7: What does my future employer have to do?
- Chapter 8: Young Professionals work permit FAQ
- Chapter 9: What should I do after landing in Canada?
- Chapter 10: Do I really need to buy health insurance?
- Chapter 11: Can my spouse or partner get a work permit too?
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