If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I love Canada. In my first time in the country I stayed in Vancouver for nearly two months. If you’d like to know more about how it was, just click here to see that post. I love Canada so much, that it was my vacation destination twice, in a row. I honestly don’t know a single person who’s been to Canada and have not liked it. I think its just impossible.
A country with great people, multicultural in every aspect, great education system, high quality of life. Really, despite the weather, I don’t see why someone wouldn’t want to spend some time in this amazing country. It does get cold in the winter, yes…I get it. But there are places with milder temperatures, even in the winter time. And there’s always something fun to do in the winter, too.
So, if you’re like me – in love with Canada. Or if you want to improve your English or even learn some French, I have a great tip on how to legally work and travel in Canada.
HOW CAN I WORK IN CANADA?
Young citizens from over 30 countries can apply to the International Experience Canada, after checking their eligibility. Your age and citizenship will help determine if you can participate. Usually, if you are between 18 to 35 years old you can apply. But I know that for some countries, the age limit is 18 to 29 or 30 years old.
If your country is not on the list, don’t lose your hopes. You may still be able to participate using a Recognized Organization. For that, just go to the Government of Canada website, where you can find a list of those institutions.
The International Experience Canada (IEC) has 3 pools. The system will tell which of these pools are available to you. But if you qualify, you can apply under multiple pools with the same application profile. The International Experience Canada (IEC) pools are:
- International Internship (Co-op)
- Young Professionals
- Working Holiday
- Answer a few questions on the Government of Canada website, to check your eligibility.
- If eligible, complete an online profile.
- Submit your profile.
To illustrate the process breakdown, here’s a poster provided by the Government of Canada.
PHOTO SOURCE: https://www.canada.ca/content/canadasite/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/iec/application-process-glance/_jcr_content/par/img_0_0/image.img.jpg/1510777587562.jpg
Want to start working in Canada in the next 12 months? Then hurry! The pool for the 2018 season is now open. You should start building your profile to apply as soon as possible!
PRO TIP: check the required documents list first, and try to gather those documents before applying. Or you could also verify how long it will take you to get them – since you don’t have a lot of time to send your paperwork once you are requested to do so.
If you’re in Canada through the IEC program, let us know how’d you like it.
Are you about to apply or you’re already in the IEC process? We’d love to read your story in the comments below, too.
Good luck everybody!