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.

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

Date of next online Work Canada webinar

Thursday 26th November

In order to access the online webinar you first must pay your £100 deposit and become a Work Canada member. Give us a call on 033 3999 7516 to kick-start your Canada adventure.

Are you eligible for the IEC Work Permit?




British citizens 18-30 

Irish 18-35

How many visas were available in 2015? 5,350 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.
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?

2 per 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? Visas usually open for applications at the end or the beginning of the calendar year.
2015 visas for Brits were released in March 2015.
2014 visas for Brits were released in December 2013.
BUNAC's Work Canada support programme opens in Autumn of every year to fully prepare participants for the imminent visa release date. 
Can I apply for a visa now? The British 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.  The Irish quota is currently available for new applications (as of June 2015)
Do I need insurance? Yes. You must 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. BUNAC have teamed up with Endsleigh to provide a tailored working holiday insurance policy. 

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.