International Experience Canada (IEC) Re-Opening for 2021

By Ella Bergquist March 1, 2021 (Updated March 1, 2021) 2 min. read
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) has announced that the International Experience Canada (“IEC”) program is now open for the 2021 season.

The IEC program allows people to experience Canada, and may be a first step towards permanent residence.

The IEC selects candidates under three categories:

Young adults, ages 18 to 35, from one of 36 eligible countries may now create a profile and, if eligible, be entered into their country’s pool of candidates for their selected category or categories.

Requirements for IEC Participants

Only IEC participants with a Port of Entry Letter of Introduction and a valid job offer are eligible to travel to Canada right now. You must also be able to start your job as soon as you complete your quarantine. Check the start date on your job offer before you travel.

How to Apply to the IEC for 2021

In order to participate in the IEC program, an applicant’s country of citizenship must have entered into an IEC Agreement with Canada. If the Applicant’s home country does not have this agreement with Canada, the Applicant may be able to use a recognized organization to access the program. 

Each country and recognized organization have their own criteria that the applicant must meet, such as: age, the number of participants, and which program(s) applicants may qualify under. The minimum age requirement for participation is 18 and in most cases, applicants are eligible for a work permit of at least 12 months. The maximum age of participation is 30 to 35, depending on the country.

The IEC program can be very helpful to companies when hiring young foreign workers in Canada, especially in situations where an LMIA may not be suitable.

Are You Interested in Applying for the IEC Program?

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