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International Experience Canada – Recognized Organizations

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International Experience Canada – Recognized Organizations

Jade Calver

What organizations are recognized by International Experience Canada?

International Experience Canada (IEC) is a program that allows young foreign nationals the opportunity to travel to and work in Canada. In order to participate in the IEC program, you must come from a country that has an agreement with Canada to apply for an IEC work permit. Alternatively, you may use a recognized organization.

Recognized Organizations (ROs) offer support and advice to travellers; they can also help you plan your trip and find work in Canada. Recognized Organizations are private companies that charge a fee for their services. They are, however, authorized by the government. Canada has agreements with over 30 countries and territories. Listed below are all of the ROs approved by the Canadian government.


International Association for Students of Economics and Commerce (AIESEC)
Experience: Work placements in management, information technology, education and social development.
Type of work permit: Employer-specific (work permit that indicates the name of the employer a person can work for, how long a person can work, and the location where a person can work)
Geared to: Students and recent graduates aged 18-30

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)
Experience: Work opportunities in technical career-related jobs.
Type of work permit: Employer-specific
Geared to: University and college students aged 18-35

International Association for Students of Economics and Commerce (AIESEC)
Experience: Work placements in management, information technology, education and social development.
Type of work permit: Employer-specific
Geared to: Students and recent graduates aged 18-30

Canadian Host Family Association (CHFA) with Communicating for Agriculture Education Programs (CAEP)
Experience: Work placements in agriculture, horticulture, and home management
Type of work permit: Employer-specific
Geared to: Youth aged 18-35

International Rural Exchanged (IRE)
Experience: Work placements in agriculture, horticulture, equine activities and oenology
Type of work permit: Employer-specific
Geared to: Youth aged 18-35

International Volunteer Exchange Program of the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada (MCC-IVEP) 
Experience: Volunteer opportunities in disaster relief, development and peace
Type of work permit: Employer-specific
Geared to: Youth aged 18-35

Academic Internship Council
Experience: Internships that contribute to professional and personal growth and competitive advantage in the global workforce
Type of work: Employer-specific
Geared to: Students aged 18-35

University of Alberta
Experience: Internship opportunities for students and recent graduates
Type of work permit: Employer-specific
Geared to: Students and recent grads aged 18-35

University of New Brunswick
Experience: Internships opportunities for students
Type of work permit: Employer-specific
Geared to: Students aged 18-35

INTERNeX International Exchange
Experience: Work opportunities tailored to fit the needs of participants seeking practical experience
Type of work permit: Employer-specific and open work permits
Geared to: Students, graduates, and youth aged 18-35

SWAP Working Holidays
Experience: Work and travel opportunities
Types of work permit: Open work permits
Geared to: Students and youth aged 18-35

GO International
Experience: Work (teaching and volunteering) and travel opportunities
Type of work permit: Open work permits
Geared to: Youth aged 18-35

Stepwest
Experience: Internships, professional placement, and working holidays
Type of work permit: Employer-specific and open work permits
Geared to: Youth aged 18-35

If you create an IEC profile, you will be asked to provide a letter from one of these organizations proving that they are helping you plan your trip and/or find work. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada website

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