Relocate and Work in Canada with a Youth Visa (2024)

Relocate to Canada for Employment with a Youth Visa (2024 Edition)

Participate in the International Experience Canada (IEC) program if your nation has a Youth Mobility Agreement (YMA) with Canada.

Eligible individuals for work and travel in Canada under IEC can seek additional support from a recognized organization (RO), assisting in various aspects of the experience.

  • Employment assistance
  • Establishment of Canadian bank accounts
  • Travel and accommodation arrangements
  • Arranging international health insurance and vaccinations
  • Access to language and cultural training
  • Assistance with work-related and travel issues
  • Emergency assistance

ROs, based in Canada, facilitate international work and travel for youth via IEC, including non-profit, profit, and educational entities. Service fees are commonly applicable.

ROs provide a variety of services to enhance international experiences. Specific eligibility criteria may apply for different ROs. IEC participants using ROs can receive two additional lifetime participations.

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In certain scenarios, select IEC ROs can assist youths from non-partner countries in joining the IEC. Some countries limit participation to a single instance.

Other countries permit two participations, but in separate categories. Verify your eligibility due to varying country-specific regulations.

Issued invitations to apply are subject to country-specific participation limits. Submitted applications undergo an eligibility check by an officer, including review of past participations. Thoroughly understand all application requirements before submission.

Open work permits allow employment with any employer, except those

  • listed as non-compliant or
  • involved in adult entertainment industries
    – Specific conditions warrant the issuance of open work permits.

Open work permits do not require

  • labor market assessments from Employment and Social Development Canada
  • employer’s proof of employment offer and compliance fee payment

Restrictions on open work permits

Open work permits may include job type or other restrictions, such as

specific job roles

  • For instance, medical examinations may be required for certain positions.

designated work locations

  • For example, provincial nominee class permits might restrict work to a specific province.

Languages Canada Initiative

Languages Canada offers language skill improvement in English or French and work opportunities at accredited schools.

Available in cities like Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria.

Categories of work permits:

  • Working Holiday (general work permit)

Primary audience: Youth between 18 and 35 years

Stepwest Program

Stepwest provides a range of work experiences from ski resort jobs to specialized student internships.

Categories of work permits:

  • Working Holiday (general work permit)
  • Young Professionals (specific employer work permit) for career progression

Primary audience: Youth between 18 and 35 years

SWAP Working Holidays

SWAP facilitates working holidays and young professional work-travel programs.

Categories of work permits:

  • Working Holiday (general work permit)
  • Young Professionals (specific employer work permit) for career progression

Primary audience: Youth between 18 and 35 years

A-Way to Work/International Rural Exchange Canada Inc.

A-Way to Work, part of International Rural Exchange Canada, offers paid opportunities in various sectors for youth, including

  • agricultural work
  • hospitality roles
  • culinary positions
  • tourism jobs
  • horticulture
  • landscaping
  • among others

Categories of work permits:

  • Working Holiday (general work permit)
  • Young Professionals (specific employer work permit) for career progression

Target demographic: Youth aged 18 to 35

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