What is the IEC Program in Canada?
IEC Canada work permits provide young people from around the world with the opportunity to travel and work in Canada. The intention of the IEC Programs is to allow young adults to enter Canada to gain important experience and knowledge of Canada.
There are three categories of the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program:
There are different eligibility requirements for each program.
There are over 30 countries that participate in at least one of the International Experience Canada programs.
Each country has its own age limit, program participation, and visa validity. Below you will find a table with the participating countries.
Working Holiday IEC
The Working Holiday Program of the IEC allows participants to obtain a work permit which will be valid for one to two years. The Open Work Permit will let the individual work anywhere in Canada for almost any Canadian employer!
Who is the Working Holiday for?
The Working Holiday Visa is for individuals who:
- Do not have a job offer.
- Want to work in Canada
- Want to work in more than one location.
- Want to travel and explore Canada while working.
International Co-op Internship IEC
The International Co-op Internship category allows individuals in a post-secondary instituion in their country to stay in Canada to intern for a Canadian company.
Who is the International Co-op Internship for?
The International Co-op Internship is for individuals who:
- Is an active student at a post-secondary institution (like a college or university) outside of Canada.
- Have a job offer in Canada that is required to complete their studies.
- Plan on only working with this one employer during their time in Canada.
Young Professionals IEC
The Young Professionals category of the IEC allows individuals in participating countries to gain experience working for a Canadian company. Under this program, a foreign worker will receive an employer-specific work permit.
Who is the Young Professionals for?
The Young Professionals is for individuals who:
- Have a valid job offer in Canada that contributes to their professional work development
- Plan on working with that one employer during their time in Canada
What Countries Participate in the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program?
There are a specific amount of countries that particpate in the IEC program. Each country or territory holds a bilateral agreement or arrangement with Canada’s IEC program.
|Country||Working Holiday||Young Professionals||International Co-op||Age Limit|
|Australia||24 Months||24 Months||24 months (unless it is the applicant’s second participation since 2015, in which case, 12 months)||18-35 Years|
|Austria||12 Months||12 Months||6 Months||18-30 Years (Working Holiday) 18-35 (Young Professionals & International Co-op)|
|Belgium||12 Months||-||-||18-30 Years|
|Chile||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Costa Rica||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Croatia||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Croatia||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Denmark||12 Months||-||-||18-35 Years|
|Estonia||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|France||24 Months||24 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Germany||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Greece||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Hong Kong||12 Months||-||-||18-30 Years|
|Ireland||24 Months||24 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Italy||6-month work permit; may apply to stay an additional 6 months as a visitor||-||-||18-35 Years|
|Japan||12 Months||-||-||18-30 Years|
|Latvia||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Lithuania||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Luxembourg||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-30 Years|
|Mexico||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-29 Years|
|Netherlands||12 Months||12 Months||-||18-30 Years|
|New Zealand||23 Months (starting in 2015)||-||-||18-35 Years|
|Norway||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Poland||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Portugal||24 Months||24 Months||24 Months||18-35 Years|
|San Marino||12 Months||-||-||18-35 Years|
|Slovakia||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Slovenia||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|South Korea||12 Months||-||-||18-30 Years|
|Spain||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Sweden||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-30 Years|
|Switzerland||-||18 months - Total duration of the 2 permits combined cannot exceed 18-months||18 months - Total duration of the 2 permits combined cannot exceed 18-months||18-35 Years|
|Taiwan||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|Ukraine||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||18-35 Years|
|United Kingdom||24 Months||-||-||18-30 Years|
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