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.


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

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

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

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

01. Dealing with mixed feelings and the reverse culture shock
02. Going back to Canada… Or travelling elsewhere!


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 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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I don’t know what to say it was just cool

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The information contained in the guide drew my attention to many things (example: the criteria for searching for accommodation, purchasing a vehicle, the precautions to learn before committing to paying for the first necessities at home). arrival in Canada…). The guide continues to enlighten my mind.
I haven’t finished going through the entire guide yet but I’m happy with the little I’ve read. What I am looking for and what I need are the steps to take on the first necessities. We who are in Africa, many talented young people have never traveled to a foreign country like Europe, America, Asia, our needs and our realities are very different from those who have traveled one or more times. This guide for PVTists is not only intended for European PVTists, it concerns all those who want to discover Canada. There are lots of things we don’t know, the realities are not the same. Through your interventions and the guide, I know how to look for accommodation, how to buy a car, a telephone, clothes without bedbugs upon my arrival…. I hope this guide contains useful information on obtaining of his first telephone number and the best applications that we can download upon arrival in Canada…. (you can make us a YouTube video on this point, it’s a concern for us). Very often I ask myself the question: Once at the airport, what to do? where to go to get out to get home? If I have to live in a municipality like Saint-Armand/PHILLIPSBURG in the Estrie region on the border with the United States, how do I get there? Which vehicle to borrow? It’s not necessarily living in a big city or a medium-sized city and that’s also a big concern for me.
I can write to you later for other concerns.

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The very clear titles, the ease and clarity of the information, everything is perfect

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Obtaining useful information and intelligence

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I am very happy to contact you

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Preparing for departure and choosing places to visit

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For all the questions I ask myself it is to explain everything in detail, on the trip how to get the pvt ect…

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Well detailed but I did not understand how to proceed to obtain the PVT when the candidate comes from an African country

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Accurate information about Canada and its opportunities. Would have been me I would recommend this app to everyone for their life in Canada. Sincerely,