Work Canada

At a glance
Cost 359+
Eligibility British 18-30 / Irish 18-35
Duration Brits 12 months / Irish 24 months

FAQs

Applying

When should I apply for the Work Canada programme?

You can book the Work Canada 2015 programme from September 15th. Early applications are recommended.

Who can apply for the Work Canada programme?

For British passport holders you must be aged between 18-30 inclusive, for Irish passport holders you can be between 18-35 inclusive. If you are a different nationality please call us on 0333 999 7516.

I have been on the Work Canada programme before. Can I go again?

Maybe. If you are a British passport holder you can get a total of two working holiday visas for Canada as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.

Do many people travel on their own?

Yes. On Self Placement you will have access to our offices in Tornoto and Vancouver are a great place to meet like-minded travellers, The team in our offices run regular social events to help you to settle in, make new friends and get the most out of your experience. For Full Placement members you will be guaranteed a job with other BUNACers so there is plenty of opportunity to make friends.

What will it cost?

You should budget for the following costs:

  • Work Canada Full Placement (£599)  or Self Placement(£359)
  • Flight costs
  • Work Permit fee (CAN$150 2014 cost)
  • Insurance (The BUNAC Work Abroad cover is available for up to 12 months. Request a quote)
  • Support funds (the Canadian Government requires that you have access to at least CAN$2,500 on entry to Canada (2014 funds)
  • Cost of obtaining an ACPO Police Check
  • Cost of an overseas Police Check if applicable.

If I don't geta visa in the 2014 allocation will I get my deposit back?

The deposit is a non-refundable deposit however you can transfer your £100 deposit to any of our other programmes or to our Work Canada 2016 programme.

Accommodation

Where will I live?

Self Placement - 2 nights arrival accommoidation is included in your Work Canada programme fee. Our partner organisation advertises properties with rooms available and are on hand to help you find somewhere to live once you get to Canada.

Full Placement - All our full placement employers include subsidised accomodation, you will be living with other BUNACers on the programme

Work

How will you help me to find work?

Self Placement - We are here to offer advice and support. Once you are on the programme, you will have access to a BUNAC Work Canada Handbook which has useful advice on job hunting and lists the best websites to use for your search. Once in Canada, our partner offices have online job listings, computers, job boards and knowledgeable staff who can assist you with your job hunt. They will be able to offer CV and cover letter writing assistance and interview advice, as well as help you to obtain your SIN (Social Insurance Number) which you will need before you begin working.

Full Placement - You will be guaranteed a job on our full placement programme. You will interview for the position whilst in the UK.

Do I need to have pre-arranged work?

No, you can job hunt on arrival in Canada, even if you do pre-arrange work this visa does not restrict you to that employer so you can still change jobs when you get to Canada if you wish.

What kind of work do people do?

You can do almost anything on this work permit. A lot of people tend to do casual work as this is relatively easy to find e.g. working in a shop, restaurant or hotel. However, as the visa is for 12 months it is possible to find a more career related job (e.g. if you are a qualified teacher, you can get a teaching job in Canada). Ski resorts are popular destinations for skiing enthusiasts to work during the winter season and many of the employers in these resorts offer a ski pass as a perk of the job.

How long can I work for?

The Canadian work permit is very flexible. It allows you to work anywhere in Canada. You can go for 3 months or up to 12 months – it’s up to you. There are no restrictions on how long you can work for any one company so you can stay in the same job for the full 12 months or move on to another employer whenever you want.

Am I guaranteed a job on the Full Placement programme?

We can guarantee up to 3 interviews with our Canadian employers. Ultimately, the decision if you are hired or not is that of the employer so please be aware your 1st choice of location is not guaranteed.

Insurance

Do I have to take BUNAC's insurance policy?

No, you can arrange your own insurance but you are required to have comprehensive health care and repatriation insurance valid for the entire duration of your permit. Once on the programme, we can email you information on what an insurance policy should cover e.g. medical expenses, repatriations, single trip cover etc. BUNAC, in partnership with Endsleigh, has designed a special insurance policy aimed at meeting the needs of people taking part in an extended working holiday overseas.

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