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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The guide is very clear and very well presented.
I skimmed over the last parts a bit. I’ll read them in more detail if I’m lucky enough to be drawn.
But it is complete, between the choice of destination, the various documents to be provided
Nice job to you

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hello sir lady I introduce myself MR SANGARE MAMADOU I am French I came to Canada as a visitor I would like to apply for a WHV card stay in Canada even if I will come out and come back there is no problem but I came to visit to see if I will like the countries I live with my friend in Montreal if you can help me the PVT card you contact me at any time +14389388755 I leave you my email address I have to return on October 7 in Paris but I am ready to come back faster because I have always loved Canada frankly

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To have a lot of info

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He develops all the actions to be put in place in order to succeed in his PVT. In addition, information about the country helps to better understand the local culture. The photographs which illustrate the guide are magnificent and make you really want to go and see for yourself.

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It was useful to me not to forget anything as a step before leaving, it was completely used as a reminder !!

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The pvtistes guide helped me a lot in my steps.

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the guide allowed me to have more information, the guide and very complete, I probably regret one thing is to discover all its while this and destine to 18 – 35 years old I happen to be 34 ( officially 35 years old in January 2022) I doubt I will be able to meet the conditions …

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I start to read the pages, there are even more than 300 pages. But overall it is very good. I continue reading for the moment and at the same time I take the steps to follow. As for example yesterday, I just registered to open an account before applying for a pvt in Canada. In my country, the borders are still closed. So I do my steps little by little. The guide explains simply, clearly and to the point. Nothing to say, it is perfect in both substance and form. I am used to reading different monographs and periodicals (I had worked in a library for entries. I mean new ones). At the same time I watch the news in your application and the pvtistes site to be informed of the situation in Canada. Thank you for the work team that does.

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It is MORE than complete and without the guide and especially the site, the preparation for the trip would not be so “accessible”. A big thank you to you. Bryan

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How to prepare for your departure