Guide to Working Holiday in Canada

The Guide to Working Holiday in Canada is a useful tool for those interested in applying for one of the International Experience Canada (IEC) work permits — Working Holiday, Young Professionals or International Co-op.

300 pages to get ready for Canada!

Dreaming of Canada? You’re not the only one—it’s one of the top Working Holiday Visa (WHV) destinations. Every year, thousands of travellers from all over the world spend months exploring the country and working along the way.

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 WHV scheme, trip planning, options to consider and more.

SUMMARY

I. WORKING HOLIDAY VISA AND CANADA 101
01. Why should you apply for a WHV?
02. One WHV, many ways to live the experience
03. The WHV experience with a disability
04. Where should I go?
05. Going off the beaten track – A few testimonies
06. An overview of Canadian provinces and territories
07. Applying for a WHV
08. The first steps to prepare for the adventure
09. How can I find the best health insurance policy?
10. Step-By-Step Pre-Trip prep
11. Last steps before leaving the country

II. O, CANADA, HERE I AM!
01. Landing in Canada
02. Applying for a Social Insurance Number
03. Registering with your local embassy or consulate
04. Opening a bank account and transferring your money
05. Choosing your internet and cellphone provider
06. Becoming a “Canadian customer” grocery shopping and more

III. MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CANADIAN ADVENTURE
01. Improving your French or English skills
02. Finding long-term accommodation
03. Growing a network and creating a Canadian-style resume
04. Looking for job offers and going through the hiring process
05. Volunteering with WWOOF and Workaway
06. Buying a car or van
07. Canadian culture 101
08. Dealing with health issues
09. Dealing with homesickness, anxiety and financial issues

IV. EXPLORING CANADA
01. Getting around in North America
02. The best adventures in Canada
03. The best destinations across Canada
04. Road trip 101
05. Tips for crossing the US border without hassle

V. THE ADVENTURE IS OVER… NOW WHAT?
01. Dealing with mixed feelings and the reverse culture shock
02. Going back to Canada… Or travelling elsewhere!

Conclusion

Resources and useful links

Original content: Julie Meunier and Isabelle Sentana
Design and layout: Lucie Casez
Translation: Juliette Giannesini
Proofreading for the English version: Azaëlle Elliott-Bouchard
First French edition: July 2012
5th French edition: October 2018
First English edition: January 2019

A big “thank you” to the pvtistes.net staff, especially to Hélène Dezoteux, Cédric Tinteroff,
Vanessa Moussali, Muriel Julien, Elodie Rousselle, Laura Mokeddem, Marie Bérard, plus
Kenza, Anne Deverre, Sonia Idi, Anne-Catherine Grégoire and Laetitia Lamarcq for feedback and suggestions, as well as for proofing the French edition.

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MELINA
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hello, for my part I find it very interesting. It is very complete !! I recommend it. Small flat, it is in black and white, there are no colors, I find that a shame; but otherwise it would probably be more expensive :).

lisebern
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I’m leaving with a study permit but it allowed me to think about a lot of different points and not to forget certain information such as the need for an adapter.

Saroja Devi
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I still read it but already it helps me to understand better .. It’s clear and easy to remember

Jean-Michel
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It details the procedures perfectly well, gives a good little overview of the cities with their “particularities”.
The expenses and indication of the various costs are well enumerated, insurance also as well as information on the Canadian health system.
Directions and sites to suggest for job search, work life laws.
The feedback from the pvtist makes you want to go and do your own opinion.

Alexandre
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In all, housing, car, insurance, bank … and everyday life

Melissa
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Frankly so useful, a collection of information on the whole process but also on the country.

Sandrine
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To consult job offers and all the necessary procedures. Really very complete

Antoine
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Lots of little details that we don’t necessarily think about: telephone, bank, etc.

Laurence
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He helps a lot for the preparation of our trip

Matthias
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Hello !
Find information on the cities where I could go to land during my next stay with our Canadian friends!