What is International Experience Canada (IEC)?

Published: 15-02-2020

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The 2020 season for International Experience Canada (Working Holiday, Young Professionals and International co-op (Internship)) is NOW OPEN!

International Experience Canada (IEC) is a Government of Canada program designed to give 18-35 year-old travellers from around 33 selected countries the opportunity to work in Canada.

There are three IEC work permit categories:

  • Working Holiday permit (often referred to as the “WHP”): This flexible open work permit gives you the chance to travel and work in Canada for up to one or two years (depending on your country of citizenship). You do not need to find a job before applying for it and you can work for any employer for as long as you want. For more info, read Introduction to the Canadian Working Holiday Program.
  • Young Professionals (“YP”): This employer-specific work permit gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in Canada for up to one or two years (depending on your country of citizenship). You need to have a job offer in Canada before applying for the work permit. For more info, read Work experience in Canada: the Young Professionals work permit!
  • International Co-op (Internship): This work permit gives you the chance to complete a six-month, one-year or two-year (depending on your country of citizenship) internship in Canada. The internship must be linked to your field of studies and you need to find a suitable employer before your trip. For more info, read The International Co-op (Internship) IEC work permit.

Am I eligible to apply for an IEC work permit?

Canada signed a bilateral agreement with 33 countries. Eligibility and conditions vary from one country to another:

  • Some countries only signed an agreement for one or two of the three work permits highlighted above.
  • The age limit can be 30 or 35.
  • The work permit can be issued for six months, one year or two years.

Here is a summary:

Country of citizenship Working Holiday Young Professionals International Co-op (Internship) Age limit
Austria 12 months 12 months 6 months Working Holiday: 18-30 years old – YP/Internship: 18-35 years old
Australia 24 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Belgium 12 months X X 18-30 years old
Chile 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Croatia 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Costa Rica 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Czeck republic 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Denmark 12 months X X 18-35 years old
Estonia 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
France 24 months 24 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Germany 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Greece 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Hong Kong 12 months X X 18-30 years old
Ireland 24 months 24 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Italy 6 months X X 18-35 years old
Japan 12 months X X 18-30 years old

Country of citizenship

Working Holiday Young Professionals International Co-op (Internship) Age limit
Latvia 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Lithuania 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Luxembourg 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-30 years old
New Zealand 23 months X X 18-35 years old
Netherlands 12 months 12 months X 18-30 years old
Norway 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Poland 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Portugal 24 months 24 months 24 months 18-35 years old
San Marino 12 months + 12 months X X 18-35 years old
Slovakia 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Slovenia 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Spain 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
South Korea 12 months X X 18-30 years old
Sweden 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-30 years old
Switzerland X 18 months 12 months 18-35 years old
Taiwan 12 months 12 months 12 months 18-35 years old
United Kingdom 24 months X X 18-30 years old
The Youth Mobility Arrangements between Canada and Ukraine and between Canada and Mexico are not accepting applicants.

What are the general eligibility requirements?

  • Your country or territory of citizenship must have an agreement with Canada.
  • You must have a valid passport from an IEC-eligible country.
  • You must meet the minimum and maximum age requirement (18-30 or 18-35).
  • You may have to prove you’re a resident in your country when you apply.
  • You must have a minimum of CAN$2,500 to help cover your expenses in Canada.
  • You must have health insurance for the duration of your stay (for more info, read WHV Insurance!).

Useful links and resources

There’s only one official website to apply for an IEC work permit—the Government of Canada website: Canada.ca/iec-international.

Pvtistes.net has you covered with:

  • The free Guide to Working Holiday in Canada, a 300-page PDF guide packed with pre-trip info, practical advice for the adventure and useful tips to discover life in Canada.

NEW video – The Working Holiday permit in Canada (subtitled in English):

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