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International Experience Canada

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“[Through IEC] My goal had been achieved: I had visited a new part of the world without getting into debt, improved my English and made new friends.”  Valerie Cardinal, Working Holiday, Australia 

Travel and Work Abroad for up to One Year

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 35, your next life’s adventure could take you just about anywhere! Why not travel and work abroad through International Experience Canada (IEC)? 

Travel and work abroad experiences are a great way to: 

  • See a new country;
  • Immerse yourself in another culture;
  • Learn or perfect another language
  • Meet new people. 

The work portion of your trip lets you earn money abroad so that you can fund your travels during your extended stay. While you might not make enough for savings, it’s a great way to afford side trips, other excursions and accommodations while you’re away. 

International Experience Canada secures bilateral reciprocal youth mobility arrangements and agreements with different countries around the world to make it easier for you to obtain a temporary work permit for up to one year

Imagine working in a pub in Dublin, a café in Rome, or at a surf shop at Bondi Beach in Australia... The possibilities are limitless! 

Canadian citizens have two options for planning a Working Holiday

 Independent Travel Abroad

  • Do you have your dream year-long holiday abroad already mapped out?
  • Choose your destination.
  • Make your own travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • Please note: IEC does not help with financing, travel plans or job search.

 Travel Abroad Through A Recognized Organization

  • Need help planning your travel and work holiday abroad?
  • Choose your destination and start the application process.
  • Contact one of our recognized organizations (These are non-government organizations that charge a fee for their services.)
  • Please note: IEC does not help with financing, travel plans or job search.
  • These organizations may be able to help if you would like to live and work in a country where youth mobility arrangements or agreements with Canada don’t exist at this time.

Read stories from other Canadians just like you who have travelled and worked abroad through International Experience Canada.

Still have questions? Check our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions


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