SWAP is thrilled to offer another Work in Canada program in the 2019 IEC season: The Young Professional Program. This is another category of International Experience Canada (IEC), and is designed for people wanting to further their careers with professional work experience in Canada. SWAP's Young Professional Program will allow you to expand your professional portfolio, gain in-depth experience in your field in the Canadian workforce, and take important steps in developing your career. Not only will you grow as a professional, we'll also make sure you have fun, too: we'll help you navigate all the aspects of living and working in a new country. You'll get everything offered in our regular Work in Canada program as a young professional.
SWAP's Young Professional program allows your employer to hire you without needing a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This makes the process simple, quick, and with zero hassle to your employer.
An employer-specific permit, that can be be valid for 1 or 2 years (depending on your nationality, if eligible). If you and your employer decide to not apply for the full time owed to your nationality, you can apply to extend your Young Professional visa, at no extra cost to you, and with support from SWAP.
What sets us apart? Besides our awesome services (read on to learn more!), we’ll facilitate your entire application, including the pool process for getting your Invitation to Apply.
We’re here to help, eh! From assisting with paperwork to joining us for cheeky pints at hockey games, SWAP will be in your corner.
We’ll help you find housing, conquer our various transit systems, gain insider tips, access resources specific to your needs (medical, employment, personal interests), and help you cross all the items off your Canadian bucket list. Get advice and information, use computers & resources at our hosting centre, and talk with us about your goals and plans. We’re all enthusiastic Canadians who have lived and travelled throughout Canada and the world, and we understand the unique excitements and challenges of living abroad.
The best thing about SWAP is the community you’ll be a part of — hang out in our hosting centres, attend our many events, and meet like-minded individuals who could become roommates, coworkers, travel companions, and friends. You’ll automatically become part of a thriving social network of participants from all over, meaning your Canadian family will extend not just throughout Canada, but the world! From pub nights to uniquely Canadian experiences like curling, SWAP will make sure you reach those #squadgoals.
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We’ve been welcoming international youth into Canada since the 1980s. As a Recognized Organization, we are familiar with the IEC application process, and can provide our expertise as you go through your application. We'll work with you to make sure your application is complete and ready to go before your paperwork is submitted to the Canadian government. During your application process, you’ll receive:
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2-3 months before you want to come to Canada. Spaces are very limited – contact us ASAP to secure your spot on our program!
Up to 1 or 2 years upon entry into Canada, depending on your nationality (maximum 6 months for Italians).
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"SWAP has been the biggest help, hands down. I specifically remember how much help I received before, during, and after I received my work permit. Through email and phone calls, the team members at SWAP were always there to answer my questions with a positive attitude. With SWAP’s incredible individualized help and communication, they instilled confidence in me while applying and waiting for my permit. Throughout the whole process, I never felt unsure or confused because I knew if I had a question, the people at SWAP were always there to help. I must’ve contacted them at least 10 different times with hundreds of questions about planning and logistics. Thank you SWAP!"
"SWAP has been amazingly helpful. The orientation when I first arrived shook off any remaining nerves I had. They’ve been a great source of information, both for travel and for my hobbies. It's been lovely to know that I always have support if needed. Already recommended SWAP to many friends back home who are thinking of coming to Canada."
"SWAP was a true blessing. This program helped me move to Canada; I got to continue in the industry and brand that I had worked in back home – which was really helpful –but I also got to learn new things and make new friends through work."
"I found SWAP super responsive to emails when I had questions about Canada while living here: tax, jobs, rent. I found them super helpful just to be there for me as a support base, that they are available on phone, email or in person in the office."