Work and travel in Canada with International Experience Canada

Become a candidate in the International Experience Canada (IEC) pool(s), get an Invitation to Apply and apply for a work permit.


Note: IEC is also available for Canadian youth that want to travel and work abroad.

Services and information

Find out if you’re eligible

Age, money, citizenship, length of stay in Canada and other requirements you must meet

Become a candidate

How to submit your profile and what information needs to be in it

How the pools work

What happens after you submit your profile and your chances of getting an Invitation to Apply

Invitations to Apply

Deadlines, how to accept or decline an invitation and what happens if you are not invited

Rounds of invitations

Key dates, number of invitations sent and spots available

Apply for a work permit

How to fill out the online form, upload documents, pay fees and submit your application

What to do after you apply

How we assess your application and what you need to do next

Prepare for your arrival

What documents you will need and what to expect at the border


Questions about IEC?

Find quick and direct answers to your questions about applying to IEC, including how long you will be in the pool, how much it costs to participate and if you need a job offer to apply.

Application process at a glance

Use this infographic to get an overview of the IEC application process.

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