The Government of Canada recently announced a major overhaul of
the application process for the International Experience Canada
program. The changes, effective November 21, 2015, will alter the
way candidates for the quota limited program are selected.
The International Experience Canada (IEC) program is the result
of bilateral agreements between Canada and other countries that
permit young people to earn international work experience in
Canada. Program quotas and specific requirements vary by country of
origin, but applicants must generally be between the ages of 18-35,
with work permits lasting up to 24 months. There are three program
streams: Working Holiday; Young Professionals; and Co-op.
In previous years, candidates made their application to one of
the three program streams and applications were processed on a
"first-come/first-served" basis. Quotas for the most
popular programs, the Working Holiday program in particular, were
filled quickly – often within minutes of opening.
As of November 21, 2015:
Candidates in each program stream
will apply into a pool for selection
Candidates will be placed in all
available pools for which they are eligible, based on their
qualifications and the programs available for their country of
Candidates will receive an invitation
to apply for a work permit if they are selected from one of the
Invitations for the Working Holiday
program will be randomized
Once invited, candidates will have 10
days to decide if they will accept the invitation
Once accepted, candidates will have
20 days to submit their online work permit application
These changes aim to make the application process fairer for
applicants in quota-limited streams, particularly for the
over-subscribed Working Holiday program.
Business in sectors that rely heavily on the program,
particularly tourism, hospitality and accommodation, should examine
their recruiting strategies abroad to account for these
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