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Work in Canada – Canada Essentials

Price $399
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Work in Canada – Canada Essentials

$399 per person

Why Go?

Thinking about moving to the Great White North, eh? Come find out for yourself if we really do strap on our hockey skates to get to work or put maple syrup on everything we eat!

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, Canada really does look good in all seasons, but there’s so much more to discover than the Rocky Mountains and Niagara Falls (but we won’t deny it – they’re pretty impressive!) From coast to coast, you can explore rugged and remote northern territories, vast coastal beaches, lush rainforests, endlessly golden prairies, millions of lakes, vibrant fall foliage, quaint fishing villages, and so much more – all while meeting some of the friendliest folks this side of the Atlantic.

As the world’s second largest country and only 38 million people, we also have plenty of room for more, even with all the moose, bears, and geese we have roaming about. Canada might be a nature-lover’s paradise full of natural wonders, but if the city life is calling your name, head to multicultural hubs like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal for all the culture, cuisine, and shopping that your heart desires. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a little something for everyone in Canada.

Interested in our RO Nomination Program?

As a Recognized Organization of International Experience Canada, SWAP offers RO Nomination programs in both the Working Holiday Visa and Young Professional categories. Our programs for 2023 are currently open. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please email us at canada@swap.ca



  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
Work in Canada - Canada Essentials
When it comes to living and working in Canada, there are some requirements you will have to follow. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.
To be eligible on this program, you must be eligible for an International Experience Canada Working Holiday Visa.

The Working Holiday category is only available to youth from countries that have youth mobility agreements with Canada. Click here to check your eligibility.

If you are eligible for a Working Holiday Visa, you must also be prepared to have a valid passport for the duration of your visa length, arrive in Canada with emergency medical insurance for the full duration of your stay, and have at least CAN$2,500 in support funds to help cover your expenses in Canada.

The 2023 Program is currently open, please email canada@swap.ca for more information.
What's Included?
  • Ongoing support from our expert local staff prior to your departure and throughout the duration of your visa
  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide and virtual pre-departure orientation to prepare you before you leave home
  • Arrival orientation (in-person and virtual options) that covers all the essentials for getting you started in Canada
  • Access to our hosting centres in Vancouver and Toronto, complete with laptops, Wi-Fi, printing services, tea and coffee, and luggage storage!
  • Arrival hostel accommodation (optional)
  • Free city walking tours offered on a monthly basis (June - September)
  • Free SIM cards and cellphone set up in office (optional)
  • Canadian mailing address, mail holding, and free Canada-wide letter forwarding
  • Housing advice and assistance, including detailed guides for Vancouver and Toronto
  • Employment advice and resources;
    • Job searching advice from knowledgeable staff
    • Exclusive Canada-wide job database
    • Resume and cover letter review
    • SWAP employment connections and leads for jobs with vetted, trusted employers
    • Interview advice and support
    • Monthly organized social events where you can meet fellow travellers
  • Monthly SWAP Scoop e-newsletters jam-packed with jobs, events, travel tips, and SWAP news
  • 24/7 after-hours emergency line
  • Customized resources for travel, healthcare, driving, shopping, and more!
Working in Canada is easy with SWAP! Feel free to contact us with any questions you have as you get ready to take the first step.
Step 1: Check to make sure you’re eligible for an IEC Working Holiday Visa.

Step 2: Submit your name into the IEC pool and wait to get your ITA.

Step 3: Submit your visa application and wait for approval.

Step 4: Once approved, reach out to SWAP or the partner organization in your home country and we’ll get started helping you plan for your arrival.

Step 5: Attend your virtual pre-departure orientation session, meet the team, and get prepared for your upcoming adventure.

Step 6: Arrive in Canada, attend an arrival orientation, and meet our staff who will help you make the most of your time in Canada!
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