International Experience Canada
The International Experience Class (IEC) allows young citizens (age 18-30 or 18-35, location dependent) the opportunity to travel and work in Canada for a period of 6 to 24 months. In order to participate, prospective candidates must reside in a country that has an agreement with Canada, which allows them to apply for an IEC work permit. Alternatively, candidates may use a recognized organization.
There are three streams of entry for candidates to select from depending on their country of origin. These streams include:
The Working Holiday stream allows you to fund your vacation with temporary work in Canada. This stream is ideal for those who don’t have a job offer, want to work for more than one Canadian employer and want to work in a variety of locations.
The Young Professional stream is ideal for those individuals who have a job offer from a Canadian employer for a position that contributes to their professional development. Candidates in this stream must work for the same employer for the duration of their stay in Canada. This work must be a paid position. It is important to note that self-employment is not an eligible form of work under this stream.
International Co-op Internship
This stream is for those individuals who aim to gain overseas work experience in a position that relates to their field of study. In other words, the internship must be directly linked to your field of study and be classified as a National Occupational Classification Code Skill Type 0, A, or B. Further, the internship must be a requirement for the completion of a post-secondary degree. As such, in order to be eligible, candidates must be registered as a student at a post-secondary institution and have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada. Candidates must also work for the same employer for the duration of their stay in Canada.
Countries Involved in the IEC Programs
New Youth Mobility Arrangement: Canada and Portugal
The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Ahmed Hussen signed a new youth mobility agreement between Canada and Portugal. This agreement will allow Canadian and Portuguese youth the opportunity to travel and work through the Working Holiday, International Co-op, and Young Professional streams of the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. Portuguese youth will be able to travel to and work in Canada and Canadian youth will be able to work in and travel to Portugal.