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Apply for this program at any point in the year, however the embassy stops issuing visas around October and will start issuing again in late January to early Februray of the following year.

For American passport holders you must be aged between 18-30 and a student or graduate within the past 12 months from a University.

No, this is a once in a lifetime visa.

Yes. On the Essentials Package you will have access to our offices in Tornoto and Vancouver which is 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 Ultimate Package members you will be guaranteed a job with other BUNACers so there is plenty of opportunity to make friends.

You should budget for the following costs:

  • Work Canada Ultimate Package $650  or Essentials Package $450
  • Flight costs
  • Work Permit fee (CAN$250 2015 cost)
  • Insurance - The BUNAC Work Abroad cover is available for up to 12 months. 
  • Support funds (the Canadian Government requires that you have access to at least CAN$2,500 on entry to Canada (2015 funds)
  • Cost of obtaining an Criminal Background Check
  • Cost of an overseas Criminal Background Check if applicable.

We have two package options available, the essentials program and ultimate program. We are able to offer a full range of travel and support products including insurance and support packages, as well as accomodation and assistance with your visa application while undertaking your working adventure worldwide. 


Essentials - 2 nights arrival accommodation is included in your Work Canada program 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.

Ultimate - All our Ultimate employers include subsidised accommodation, you will be living with other BUNACers on the program.


Essentials - We are here to offer advice and support. 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.

Ultimate - You will be guaranteed job interviews over skype on our Ultimate program with potential employers.

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.

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 hotels. 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.

The Canadian work permit is very flexible. It allows you to work anywhere in Canada. You can go for 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.

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.


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. we do have our own insurance policy for your conveinience.