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Do you want to work in Canada?

Every year since 1975, SWAP has welcomed thousands of international youth into Canada through our programs and partner organizations. If you are between the ages of 18 to 30 (or 35 depending on your nationality), you can travel to and live in Canada to experience our culture and gain international work experience. We'll make sure that you have all the resources you'll need to ensure your time in "The Great White North" is the best it can be. We can advise you on everything from the best way to find a job to the most efficient ways to travel across the country, and everything in-between.

Young citizens of any IEC-eligible countries that are interested in coming to Canada for a work and travel experience within the Working Holiday category can inquire about what opportunities are available. Please contact us for information on your local partner, or to see what options are available to you.

You may be able to apply directly through us. Contact us for more information on SWAP Direct to Canada.

Need advice on applying for the IEC Working Holiday Visa? We can help!

2019 IEC Program Updates

  • The 2019 Pools are now open for countries with Youth Mobility Agreements (YMA countries listed on the IEC website). Please check the IEC website for the criteria for your nationality. If you are eligible, we recommend submitting your profile to the pools as soon as possible to increase your chances of being selected.
  • For the 2019 season, biometrics will be required as part of your IEC Working Holiday Program.
  • The 2019 Program is now open for USA nationals through SWAP Working Holidays. Please contact our American partners for details. If you are American and currently in Canada on your first IEC WHV, please contact your original sending agency for details.
  • Update on eligible countries: Unfortunately, there is no Working Holiday option available to Brazilian, Argentinian, Malaysian, or Singaporean citizens for the 2019 year through SWAP Working Holidays.

Notes on application process: The IEC programme is a three-step application process. This system requires eligible candidates to submit a profile into a pool. If the profile is accepted, candidates will receive a Letter of Invitation, which allows them to then apply for the Working Holiday permit. The times these rounds of Letters of Invitation are issued differ for each country. After determining your eligibility and submitting your profile, please check when the round of invitation is for your country. Simply click "Change your Selection" and select your appropriate country and Working Holiday category for information on when you can apply for the pool, and when the next round of invitations is.

Not all countries are eligible to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. Please check the IEC website and the list above to verify if you are eligible to apply.

NOW OPEN: SWAP's Young Professional Program

SWAP is thrilled to offer another Work in Canada program in the 2019 IEC season: The Young Professional Program. This is another category of International Experience Canada; this category provides eligible youth with an employer-specific work permit that is valid for up to 1 or 2 years, depending on your nationality.

Eligibility varies, but your job offer does have to fall in the NOC National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code Skill Type Levels 0, A, or B. Check your job title here!

This program could be for you if:

  • You’re between the ages of 18-30 or 18-35 (the age range depends on your nationality);
  • You’re currently in Canada on an IEC work permit and want to stay longer with your current employer;
  • Your nationality does not currently allow you to participate in both the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) and Young Professional Program (YPP);
  • You’re a citizen of one of these countries: Belgium, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States of America; you have an interested employer and a valid job offer; and you would like to participate in the Young Professional Program but don’t have the YP option available to you as shown on the IEC website;
  • Your nationality is eligible for this program, but spaces are limited and your chances of receiving an Invitation are low;
  • Your nationality is eligible for this program, you have an employer and eligible job offer, and you want support during the application process and while in Canada – including expedited visa application assistance!

Does this sound like you? Learn more about the Young Professional Program!

For Canadian Employers

Hundreds of companies across Canada hire working holiday youth, and for 40 years SWAP has built great working relationships with many businesses by recommending hard-working SWAP participants to work for them. If you are interested in hiring SWAP participants (casually called Swappers), click here for more information.