February 24 2015 – The International Experience Canada
(IEC) program is officially open for 2015. IEC is the result
of reciprocal agreements with 32 countries that provide an
opportunity for young foreign nationals to work and travel in
Canada. As part of these agreements, Canadian youth are
provided an opportunity to work and travel abroad.
Information for Program Participants
There are three IEC categories:
International Co-Op Internships
Applicants for all three IEC programs are required to pay a $150
program participation fee. Working Holiday applicants must
pay an additional fee of $100 to obtain an open work permit.
Open work permits allow a foreign national to work for any employer
Each country and category is subject to certain financial
requirements, age requirements as well as quotas. For
country-specific program information, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada IEC website.
Please be advised that while IEC officially opens on February 24,
2015, some country and category quotas may not yet be open for
2015. Please check back regularly.
Information for Employers
The IEC program can provide a valuable experience for both young
foreign nationals as well as employers. Employers are permitted to
actively recruit candidates for all three IEC programs without a
requirement to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Employers
should be advised that because foreign nationals in the Young
Professional and International Co-Op Internship
categories receive employer-specific work permits, they are subject
to the new $230 employer compliance fee. This fee must be
remitted to Citizenship and Immigration Canada before young foreign
nationals can apply for their work permit.
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