Here is an article about the 2021 IEC season (Working Holiday, Young Professionals and International co-op (Internship) permits). Read on for the latest news!
When will the 2021 IEC season open?
The 2021 International Experience Canada season pools for certain countries are opening March 1st, 2021.
|Country of citizenship||Opening Date||
|Austria||September 3 2021||
|Australia||March 1st 2021||
|Belgium||March 1st 2021||
|Chile||March 1st 2021||
|Croatia||March 15 2021||
|Costa Rica||March 1st 2021||
|Czech republic||March 1st 2021||
1 000 spots
|Denmark||March 1st 2021||
|Estonia||August 23 2021||
|France||March 1st 2021||
7 100 spots
|Germany||June 15 2021||
4 490 spots
|Greece||March 1st 2021||
|Hong Kong||March 1st 2021||
|Ireland||March 1st 2021||
|Italy||March 1st 2021||
1 000 spots
|Japan||March 1st 2021||
6 500 spots
|Latvia||August 4 2021||
|Lithuania||August 23 2021||
|Luxembourg||March 1st 2021||
|New Zealand||March 10 2021||
2 500 spots
|Netherlands||March 22 2021||
|Norway||March 1st 2021||
|Poland||August 23 2021||
|Portugal||March 1st 2021||
|San Marino||March 1st 2021||
|Slovakia||March 1st 2021||
|Slovenia||September 3 2021||
|Spain||March 1st 2021||
|South Korea||March 1st 2021||
4 000 spots
|Sweden||March 1st 2021||
|Switzerland||March 1st 2021||
|Taiwan||March 1st 2021||
|United Kingdom||March 1st 2021||
5 000 spots
- For Australian citizens
- For Austrian citizens
- For Belgian citizens
- For Chilean citizens
- For Costa Rican citizens
- For Croatian citizens
- For Czech citizens
- For Danish citizens
- For Estonia citizens
- For French citizens
- For German citizens
- For Greek citizens
- For Hong Kong citizens
- For Irish citizens
- For Italian citizens
- For Japanese citizens
- For South Korean citizens
- For Latvian citizens
- For Lithuanian citizens
- For Luxembourg citizens
- For Dutch citizens
- For New Zealand citizens
- For Norwegian citizens
- For Polish citizens
- For Portuguese citizens
- For San Marino citizens
- For Slovak citizens
- For Slovene citizens
- For Spanish citizens
- For Swedish citizens
- For Taiwanese citizens
- For British citizens
What is International Experience Canada (IEC)?
IEC is a Government of Canada program designed to give 18-35 year-old travellers the opportunity to work in Canada.
There are three IEC work permit categories:
- Working Holiday (often referred to as the “WHV”)
- Young Professionals (“YP”)
- International Co-op (Internship)
For more info, read What is International Experience Canada (IEC)?
How can I apply for a Working Holiday work permit?
New to the Working Holiday work permit? Take a minute to read this comprehensive introduction to the Canadian Working Holiday Visa Program for a comprehensive overview.
If you’re a former Working Holiday Visa holder, you still need to understand how the process works for Canada. For instance, unlike Australia, Japan or Argentina, Canada has a quota system. Candidate profiles are drawn at random from pools—you may not receive an invitation at all since there are usually more applicants than Workin Holiday permits available.
You can submit your profile to a pool as soon as the 2021 IEC season opens. Use our comprehensive Step-By-Step Tutorial to International Experience Canada Work Permits for Working Holiday, Young Professionals and International Co-op work permits applications (with screenshots!).
How much does it cost to participate in International Experience Canada?
- Working Holiday applicants must pay the CAD156 IEC participation fee plus the CAD100 open work permit holder fee plus CAND85 biometrics fee (total fee of CAD341).
- International Co-op and Young Professionals applicants must pay the CAD156 IEC participation fee plus CAN$85 biometrics fee (total fee of CAD241).
To download our FREE Guide to Working Holiday in Canada, click here!
- 16 Good Reasons to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa
- The Working Holiday Visa Adventure as a Solo Traveller
- 15 Tips for a Successful WHV Experience
- Tips to avoid being forced (or tempted) to cut your WHV adventure short
- Your To-do list before going to Canada
- The Landing process and your first days in Canada
- Finding a job and working in Canada
Main articles about the WHV to Canada
Step-By-Step Guide to International Experience Canada Work Permits
Introduction to the Canada Working Holiday permit
Guide to Working Holiday in Canada (free download)
16 Good Reasons to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa
Globe WHV insurance policy highlights
The duration of your insurance coverage directly impacts your WHV
15 Tips for a Successful WHV Experience
The Working Holiday Visa Adventure as a Solo Traveller