Work Canada

At a glance
Cost 359+
Cost Group Flight option
Eligibility British 18-30 / Irish 18-35
Duration Up to 24 months

Please note the visa allocation for Brits has now sold out for the 2015 quota. If you are an Irish passport holder visas are still available. If you already have a visa then take advantage of our support package – book now!

Canadian Work Permit

The IEC Work Permit is perfect for working and traveling your way around Canada. 

BUNAC have been helping people with their IEC Work Permit applications for over 25 years and have a good relationship with the Canadian High Commission.

Although you now apply for the IEC work permit direct from the Canadian High Commission, BUNAC can offer advice on the visa process to help you prepare your application. One of the most common reasons for rejection is an incomplete or incorrect application, so ensure that you are the one who gets their visa application accepted first time with BUNAC’s expert advice.

How can BUNAC help?

Once booked onto the programme, you will gain access to:

  • Advice on your visa application, including access to our Facebook Group, online webinars and email and text message alerts.
  • Our Group Flight option with a stop over in Iceland
  • Programme options - Essentials and Ultimate Packages with interviews with employers for those on Ultimate
  • Information on work abroad insurance
  • An insight into the comprehensive support you will receive in Canada.

Are you eligible for the IEC Work Permit?

Nationality UK  IRELAND


British citizens 18-30 

Irish 18-35

How many visas were available in 2015? 5000 + 5000 waiting list places 7500 (in 2014) 
Support funds You will need to prove you have access to CAN$2,500 on entry to Canada
Do I need to be in my home country to apply? No you can apply online from anywhere in the world.
How long can I stay? 1 – 24 months
How long can I work? Max. 24 months (for 1 or more employers)
What sort of work can I do? You can do any kind of work in Canada on the working holiday visa category during your stay but if you want to work with children, teach or in the health field you will need to have a Canadian approved medical.
Do I have to pre-arrange work? Not if you are on our ultimate programme. For essentials you will have to find your own work, but this can be pre or post arrival. 
How much does the visa cost? 2015 cost: CAN$150 stage 1 - CAN$100 stage 2 
How do I apply for the visa? Via an online application on the IEC website
How many visas can I have in a lifetime?

If you participated in IEC before 2015 for a period of up to 12 months, you are eligible for a second participation of up to 24 months. Those who participated in IEC more than once before 2015 are no longer eligible to apply.

When do I need to apply for a visa? The first round of the UK visa quota was released in March this year. Visas run out very quickly, with the first round selling out in 15 minutes and the second in 2. You can get all the application information from BUNAC and the account that you need to create for your Visa. 
Can I apply for a visa now? The UK quota is now sold out and has a waiting list. You can join a waiting list up until all the places have been taken. Once full you will have to wait to re-apply in 2016. As of April 2015 Ireland is yet to open.
Do I need Insurance? Yes. You need to make sure you have health insurance for the duration of your stay. If your insurance is for less than 24 months you may be issued a work permit to only match the length of your insurance policy rather than the full two years. 

Not an UK passport holder? Check out if you're eligible for an IEC work permit on the IEC website.

If you have any questions about a working holiday in Canada please call us on 03339997516.

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