International Experience Program (IEC)

International Experience Canada offers youth the opportunity to do both; travel and work in Canada. IEC is designed for youth between the age of 18 and 35 years from 33 partner countries that have bilateral youth mobility agreement with Canada . These applicants are permitted to work abroad for up to two years without meeting the LMIA requirements.

The IEC category is composed of three groups:

  • Working Holiday
  • Young Professionals
  • International Co-op


Working Holiday:

Working holiday allows the participants to work anywhere in Canada for any Canadian employer on a work permit valid for one or two years. As the name explains, this gives the participants an opportunity to travel and work.


Eligibility obligations for the IEC program by participants:

  • Be a citizen of one of the 33 countries that have this arrangement with Canada
  • Their passport should be valid for the length of their stay in Canada
  • Be in the age group of 18 to 35 during the application. (Some countries have an upper limit of 33)
  • Exhibit a minimum amount of CAD $2500 for initial expenses and pay appropriate fee
  • Have capacity to purchase health insurance for their entire stay and present evidence at Port of Entry.
  • Have capacity to arrange for a return
  • Meet minimum admissibility criteria
  • Have no accompanying dependents
  • Pay applicable fees


Kindly note that specific age and eligibility criteria may be different country.


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