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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mhtmht28
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Very useful and really who helps young people especially thank you for your courage and choice.
13.09.2020
Clémence
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To prepare for our future departure, it's a wealth of information!
What helped me the most were surely the chapter on the procedures and the practical information to have before departure.
10.09.2020
Marie-Daniella
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For the stages of my procedures
22.08.2020
Julie
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I wanted to see what advice and tools you give to a newcomer to the territory.
10.08.2020
Djazz
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Coordinated my files better, with the help of the forum
30.07.2020
Benoit
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The site sent me all the contact details needed to update my file. I really liked the useful tips and tricks for leaving and I haven't finished the PDF yet but I learned a lot from you thank you PVTistes team
30.07.2020
Guilain Mass G
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Magnificent !
22.07.2020
Solenn1403
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Explanations on how to apply, the different points on life there (where we would like to know more !!!), have the good but also "bad" side ... really complete and interesting!
15.07.2020
Florian
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Lots of detailed info. Presentation of all the regions and presentation of the means of the main lines of public transport (train, bus, plane etc).
09.07.2020
NuggetPotatoes
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He helped me to validate all the points to think about before departure so as not to miss something. I haven't read it all yet but I think that the information, especially on employment, how to make your CV and prepare an interview will be necessary for a good understanding of how Canada works when we start looking.
23.06.2020