Live Work Play Canada
Canada is known for its vast and spectacular mountain landscapes and world-renowned ski resorts. It also has vibrant cities, Indigenous culture and beautiful wildlife. A great thing for people wishing to extend their stay in Canada is the working holiday visa that is available.
The Working Holiday Visa
Visa: The Canadian working holiday visa is known as IEC (International Experience Canada).
Available to citizens from: and the
Length of stay: 12 to 24 months (dependent on each country agreement).
Age: 18 to 30 years for citizens of most countries. While it is 18 to 35 years for citizens of Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland. Some country’s programs specify applicants must be a full-time student while others do not. There can be separate programs for students and non-students.
Citizens of the U.S. who are full-time students (or have been within the past 9 months) are eligible for 12-month working holiday permit. This can be obtained through the intermediary organization SWAP.
citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 years are eligible for a working holiday visa. While citizens of Ukraine between the ages of 18 and 25 years are eligible. Spain has recently signed a working holiday agreement with Canada.
Types of Work
Many travellers to Canada find work in the ski fields, we have a blog specifically written on this, check it out following. Others find work in the major cities in a variety of office jobs. Finding a job as a live-in nanny is also popular. You may consider swapping your labour for board and lodgings in a hostel. Don’t forget to take out travel insurance, particularly if you plan to spend a lot of time in the ski fields. We are not saying you will fall off your snowboard and break your leg but accidents and mishaps do happen. So be covered.
There is a wide variety of accommodation in Canada. From five star luxury to budget hostels to apartments, you are surely to find a place. Best to book something for your arrival and then look around for long term options.