International Experience Canada

The International Experience Canada (IEC) work program is a Canadian Government initiative that offers a path for international workers to gain Canadian work experience in their field of study or expertise in Canada. Eligible candidates can apply to work in Canada for one of three streams: Professional Experience, Co-op and Work Holiday.

The Canadian temporary international experience is a program created for the youth aged between 18 years to 35 years. But for some countries that age limit can vary and can be between 18 years to 29 or 30 years.
 
The agreements are made with different countries giving an opportunity to the youth of Canada and other territories to work and travel.
 
This gives a better exposure to the youth and a chance to showcase their skills. By participating in IEC you:
• Gain valuable foreign work experience
• this can open greater career opportunities
• Discover and develop new skills
Programs under IEC are:
1. Working holiday
2. Young professionals
3. International co-op internship
Via this program you may be granted a work permit but it may be for a specific employer only so you may not be able to work for multiple employers.

Who Is It For

Normally, you must be a Canadian or foreign youth aged 18 to 35. For some countries, the age limit is 18 to 29 or 30 years old. Find out if you’re eligible to work and travel in Canada.

Source: Who can participate in IEC?

How to Qualify?

To participate in IEC:

  • Your country or territory of citizenship must have an agreement with Canada that allows you to apply for an IEC work permit or.
  • You may be able to use a recognized organization (RO)
  • Applying to the Government of Québec for permanent selection
  • Applying to the government of Canada for permanent residence

Source: IEC Eligibility Criteria

Process

International Experience Canada Application process at a glance:

  • Complete the Come to Canada questionnaire, and get your personal reference code.
  • Create your Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) account. …
  • Submit your profile and choose the IEC pools you want to be in.
  • If you receive an invitation to apply via your account, you’ll have 10 days to start your application.

Source: IEC Application Process

Documents Needed

Be prepared to show the following documents:

  • your passport.
  • your Port of Entry (POE) Letter.
  • proof of funds.
  • proof of health insurance.
  • a ticket for your departure from Canada or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket and.
  • copies of the documents you provided in your work permit application.

Source: Documents Required For Canada International Experience Program

Government Fees

There are no fees to submit a profile to an International Experience Canada (IEC) pool. You do have to pay fees when you submit an online work permit application. You need an invitation to apply to start your work permit application.

Your fees will depend on the IEC category you are applying for.

All IEC participants must pay the IEC participation fee.

Source: How much does it cost to apply for International Experience Canada

Additional Information

IEC provides you a path to a work permit or visa to work and explore in one of over 30 countries and territories.