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Do you want to work in Canada?

Every year since 1975, SWAP has welcomed thousands of international youth into Canada through our programs and partner organizations. If you are between the ages of 18 to 30 (or 35 depending on your nationality), you can travel to and live in Canada to experience our culture and gain international work experience. We'll make sure that you have all the resources you'll need to ensure your time in "The Great White North" is the best it can be. We can advise you on everything from the best way to find a job to the most efficient ways to travel across the country, and everything in-between.

Young citizens of any IEC-eligible countries that are interested in coming to Canada for a work and travel experience within the Working Holiday category can inquire about what opportunities are available. Please contact us for information on your local partner, or to see what options are available to you.

You may be able to apply directly through us. Click here for more information on SWAP Direct to Canada.

Need advice on applying for the IEC Working Holiday Visa? We can help!

2019 IEC Program Updates

  • The 2019 Pools are now open for countries with Youth Mobility Agreements (YMA countries listed on the IEC website). Please check the IEC website for the criteria for your nationality. If you are eligible, we recommend submitting your profile to the pools as soon as possible to increase your chances of being selected.
  • For the 2019 season, biometrics will be required as part of your IEC Working Holiday Program.
  • The 2019 Program is not open yet for USA nationals through SWAP Working Holidays. Please contact us [mcurry@swap.ca] for details. If you are American and currently in Canada on your first IEC WHV, please contact your original sending agency for details.
  • Update on eligible countries: Unfortunately, there is no Working Holiday option available to Brazilian, Argentinian, Malaysian, or Singaporean citizens for the 2019 year through SWAP Working Holidays.

Notes on application process: The IEC programme is a three-step application process. This system requires eligible candidates to submit a profile into a pool. If the profile is accepted, candidates will receive a Letter of Invitation, which allows them to then apply for the Working Holiday permit. The times these rounds of Letters of Invitation are issued differ for each country. After determining your eligibility and submitting your profile, please check when the round of invitation is for your country. Simply click "Change your Selection" and select your appropriate country and Working Holiday category for information on when you can apply for the pool, and when the next round of invitations is.

Not all countries are eligible to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. Please check the IEC website and the list above to verify if you are eligible to apply.

For Canadian Employers

Hundreds of companies across Canada hire working holiday youth, and for 40 years SWAP has built great working relationships with many businesses by recommending hard-working SWAP participants to work for them. If you are interested in hiring SWAP participants (casually called Swappers), click here for more information.