International Experience Canada (IEC) – Recognized organizations for foreign youth (International Mobility Program [IMP])

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The International Experience Canada (IEC) Program designates a number of organizations that provide support and facilitate travel and work-abroad services between Canada and other countries. The organizations may provide these services, for a fee, to both Canadians going abroad and foreign nationals coming to Canada.

These recognized organizations are either Canadian organizations that may have partners overseas or international organizations with a Canadian office.

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What recognized organizations do

Recognized organizations

  • provide support services to Canadian and foreign youth for IEC work and travel experiences, including the following:
    • assisting with finding employment
    • arranging transportation
    • securing accommodations
    • helping with other logistical supports
  • promote IEC to Canadian youth
  • support greater Canadian youth participation abroad

In exchange, recognized organizations receive a small number of IEC annual inbound quota spaces to nominate their clients for participation in the program, subject to admissibility requirements.

Recognized organizations primarily support inbound and outbound IEC youth participation between Canada and IEC’s youth mobility arrangement (YMA) countries and territories. Quotas granted to recognized organizations to nominate a youth from a YMA country or territory are not counted against YMA quotas. Only in special circumstances can a recognized organization nominate youth to come to Canada from countries outside the IEC YMA structure as a pilot initiative.

Youth participating in the IEC Program who are from or travelling to YMA countries or territories are not required to use a recognized organization to plan their participation. However, foreign nationals who are from a country or territory that does not have an arrangement with Canada, and who wish to take advantage of the IEC Program, must consider both of the following conditions:

  • They must use one of the recognized organizations listed below.
  • The recognized organization they use must be authorized to nominate youth from that country or territory.

Other eligibility requirements may apply to the use a recognized organization, including whether or not the organization currently offers youth mobility programming to Canada from a specific YMA country or territory. Applicants should consult recognized organizations’ websites for details.

Recognized organizations have negotiated access to inbound nomination quotas in 1 or more of IEC’s participation categories:

  • Working Holiday
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals

Application processing follows the same procedures as those for applicants under YMA arrangements, with an additional requirement that applicants provide a letter of confirmation from the recognized organization. Applicants from YMA countries or territories are processed under the same service standards as regular YMA applicants. Applicants from non-YMA countries or territories are reviewed according to the work permit processing times of the applicable overseas mission.

All IEC Program fees apply to participants nominated through a recognized organization.

IEC recognized organizations

The 9 recognized organizations that offer their services to participants under specific IEC categories are listed below. All recognized organizations may offer services to and from YMA countries and territories. Conditions listed below are for inbound participation. In some cases, recognized organizations have been granted nomination quotas for work permit categories that are not part of the negotiated arrangements of all YMA countries and territories. In these cases, the maximum validity period for a participation is 24 months.

Conditions for outbound participation are subject to the specific arrangements with YMA countries and territories or to the immigration opportunities afforded to Canadians in non-YMA countries (if applicable).

AIESEC Canada

AIESEC Canada is a non-profit organization that develops leadership in youth through international exchanges.

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 30 years
  • Young Professionals
Follows YMA limits
Brazil 18 to 30 years
  • Young Professionals
12 months
India 18 to 30 years
  • Young Professionals
12 months

GO International Work &amps; Travel Providers

GO International Work &amps; Travel Providers is a Canadian organization that offers work and travel opportunities to Canadian and foreign nationals.

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years
  • Working Holiday
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
Follows YMA limits
Brazil 18 to 35 years
  • Working Holiday
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months
Ecuador 18 to 35 years
  • Working Holiday
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months
United States (U.S.) 18 to 35 years
  • Working Holiday
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months

IAESTE

IAESTE offers student and professional-internship opportunities in technical-career-related fields to Canadians and foreign nationals.

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
Follows YMA limits
Other non-YMA IAESTE country partners 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months

IRE

IRE is a Canadian organization that offers paid placements in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture to individuals with experience or education in Canada or overseas.

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years
  • Working Holiday
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
Follows YMA limits

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University provides international internship opportunities to students and recent graduates.

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
Follows YMA limits

Stepwest

Stepwest and Stepabroad, a program for Canadian youth, facilitate work experiences in Canada and abroad. Their multi-award nominated program portfolio ranges from paid ski resort jobs to industry-specific student internships.

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years
  • Working Holiday
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
Follows YMA limits

SWAP Working Holidays

SWAP Working Holidays facilitates working holidays, young professional work and travel opportunities for Canadians and foreign nationals.

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years
  • Working Holiday
  • Young Professionals
Follows YMA limits
U.S. 18 to 35 years
  • Working Holiday
  • Young Professionals
12 months

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia provides internship opportunities to students and recent graduates.

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
Follows YMA limits
Brazil 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months
China 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months
Iceland 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months
India 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months
Pakistan 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months
Singapore 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months
Uganda 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months
U.S. 18 to 35 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
12 months

University of New Brunswick

Through the Student Abroad Program, the University of New Brunswick supports international work experiences by facilitating the following:

  • academic placements
  • internships
  • service learning
  • research opportunities
Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 30 years
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young Professionals
Follows YMA limits

Student status

Student status is a requirement only for the International Co-op (Internship) category. Candidates must be enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies, inside or outside their home country or territory, at some point in the previous 12 months. Students in their final year who are not returning to their studies are also eligible.

Repeat participations

Applicants are eligible to participate through recognized organizations twice in their lifetime. The 2 participations are cumulative among all present, past or future recognized organizations. When applicable, repeat categories are allowed.

Participations that occurred before the 2016 season do not count toward the 2 participations. A previous participation in an IEC country or territory that has a YMA with Canada does not count as a participation with a recognized organization. Therefore, if a foreign national youth has exhausted their allowable participations under the YMA with a specific country or territory, then they may apply through a recognized organization up to the maximum number of lifetime participations.

Unlike general IEC applicants, applicants nominated through a recognized organization are not subject to the discontinuance requirement.

Recognized organization acceptance letter

Applicants who choose to use the services of an IEC recognized organization and receive an invitation to apply must provide a copy of the confirmation letter from their recognized organization when submitting their work permit application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This letter acts as proof that a recognized organization is helping the applicant plan their trip or find work in Canada.

Applicants who are also using the services of a recognized organization are required to check if a police certificate and medical exam are required, as part of their work permit application. See the following Web pages for more information:

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