Canada is a wonderful country to explore. From coast to coast you’ll find mountains, prairies, city-centres and an incredible array of people. Sights like the Canadian side of Niagara Falls (which has a United States side as well), provincial and national parliament buildings, Signal Hill in St. John’s Newfoundland, Dinosaurs in Drumheller, Alberta and totems in Haida Gwaii. Many people visit Canada to spend time with family and friends while others come purely for the experience the country delivers.
More than 16 million tourists came to Canada in 2012. That number rose to almost 20 million in 2016 and it’s expected to continue to rise with the friendly-nature and welcoming culture all Canadians are known for.
For many coming to Canada to visit, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), eTA (electronic Travel Authorization, or International Experience Canada (IEC) class category document is required.
Canada is a land of incredible opportunities and experiences and to allow youth from other countries to experience what Canada has to offer, the International Experience Canada program was created. This program is specifically for those between age 18 and 30 (or 35 for certain countries of citizenship) and must be a passport holder of one of the 34 countries with the bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada.
Some countries may have differing requirements, but in addition to the requirements noted above, those interested in the IEC program must:
- Have a valid passport for the duration of the stay.
- Have the equivalent of $2,500 Canadian dollars upon arrival.
- Be able to arrange health insurance prior to the arrival to last for the duration of the stay.
- Be admissible to Canada and not have any dependants accompanying them.
- Have a round-trip ticket or funds to purchase a return ticket for the end of the stay.
- Pay the appropriate fees for the IEC requirements.
Plus, because IEC is works on a model of Expression of Interest, then Invitation to Apply, candidates must create their IEC profile (through completing the Come to Canada questionnaire) and receive an Invitation to Apply before submitting an application.
IEC has three separate categories:
Working Holiday provides an open work period for anywhere in Canada for almost any Canadian employer.
Young Professionals allow for international experience when working with a Canadian company, but that Canadian employer must provide a signed job offer or letter of contract of employment for a job classified as skill type level O, A or B in the National Occupation Code before applying.
International Co-op provides the opportunity for an internship with a Canadian company. Like the Young Professionals category, this arrangement must be confirmed before applying.
Not all countries have the same rules for the IEC program. In fact there are a number of different time frames and acceptable categories depending on which country the individual has a passport from. We can help you determine if you’re eligible for the IEC program and can help submit your Expression of Interest if this program is the right fit.