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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All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or used for commercial purposes by any means without prior authorization.

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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. 14:02
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I have plans to go abroad for a year. Canada is the destination that interests me the most. Before downloading the PDF I had no knowledge of the country. Thanks to this one I could get an idea of life in the country and get to know the different cities.

Thank you.
22.06.2020. 19:59
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The guide is of considerable size and very complete. The summary is very intuitive, and allows you to quickly access the information you are looking for!
17.06.2020. 14:32
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I am new to the pvtist community, I learned a lot from reading the guide.
15.06.2020. 11:40
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Thank you so much. The guide, through his skeleton, allowed me to understand the WHP. As a newcomer to the forum, I did not know what it was exactly.
05.06.2020. 22:37
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Expatriation to Canada is our project for 2021, the guide helps us organize ourselves, step by step, to make this expatriation a success. Between the PVT, insurance, banking, housing, work, there is so much to think about! The guide helps us remember everything and make a list of things to do in chronological order.
24.05.2020. 12:28
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Very interesting
21.05.2020. 08:51
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Excellent guide! Perfect for getting into the bath, as it is suitable for everyone, new pvtistes, the most experienced as well as those whose project is just starting.
19.05.2020. 05:06
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To know all the steps to follow so that everything goes well administratively speaking.
11.05.2020. 17:39
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Lots of information to prepare for leaving as a PVTiste.
Very useful guide.
10.05.2020. 21:37