Programs in Canada

Canadian Working Holiday Program

Spend an absolutely amazing vacation working in Canada and truly “experience” the people, the unique beauty and the adrenaline rush that you can only get from this country. Participants in this program meet locals, gain international work experience, earn money to travel and make the most of their working holiday in Canada with us. 

Whether you are planning to be a ski bum, a city slicker, or an outdoor traveler... let us help you get a running start to your new adventure.

  • You will be provided with emergency support (so you parents won’t have to lie awake at night worrying about you)
  • You will be provided with assistance for a full year. Think of having a tour guide/program advisor at your disposal! (“When do I need to file my taxes? Where is the best place to eat sushi? How do I buy a car here?")
  • You will get a JOB FAST- you are given one year member access to our HOT JOBS LIST and personal job assistance from friendly and experienced staff members
  • Connect with people – you will meet like-minded travelers in your orientation group and you may end up meeting your future roommate/or new best friend!

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Minimum Age: 19
Duration: Depends on Visa Conditions, usually maximum 12 months from date of entry to Canada
Location: Vancouver for orientation, across Canada for work
Visa Required: Work Permit obtained under the Working Holiday Category of the International Experience Canada Initiative

To be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 inclusive on the date the application is received (to note - some countries have an age limit of 35)
  • Be a citizen of and resident in one of the many countries that has signed to a working holiday agreement with Canada: Argentina*, Australia, Belgium, Brazil*, Costa Rica, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
  • To note - * GO International has a special agreement regarding visas with these countries.
  • Hold a valid passport
  • Possess sufficient funds to cover expenses in Canada for the first 3 months of the stay (CAD $3,000 )
  • Have comprehensive insurance coverage (health care/hospitalization/repatriation) valid for the duration of the stay. Proof of this insurance coverage must be presented to Immigration officials upon arrival in Canada.

Participants find their job after their arrival in Canada with LOTS of help from GI. You will receive advice and assistance from a Program Adviser in writing your resume, learning to interview and sourcing and obtaining job opportunities. You will also have one year access to GO International’s “Hot Jobs List” which is our in-house online listing of jobs carefully selected by our knowledgeable staff from numerous online job boards and employer websites.  We scan hundreds of job ads weekly and select and list on our site only those jobs that would suit our participants.  

Program Includes:

  • One night dorm style accommodation at a downtown youth hostel with continental breakfast and one hour free internet included
  • Full Orientation session at GO International offices in Vancouver, covering resources available at GO International and everything you need to know about working and living in Canada
  • Walking Tour of Downtown Vancouver 
  • Processing of your personal Social Insurance Number
  • Advice and assistance from GO International to help you find a job and to introduce you to employment opportunities
  • Access to GO International’s Hot Jobs List 
  • Free Resume Writing, Job Hunt, and Interview Practice Workshops
  • Internet, printing and fax access (at special rates) at any GO International office
  • Mail holding service, so you have a contact address as soon as you arrive
  • Free call number for general questions or emergencies during office hours
  • Free luggage storage at youth hostel
  • One year’s membership in the GO International Club, which gives members access to discounts on services, tours and attractions
  • Social activities ranging from pub nights to ski trips in Vancouver
  • The GO International handbook called The Essential Guide to Working and Living in Canada

Optional Services (Extra Cost)

  • Homestay accommodation
  • Upgrade to private room at the hostel (subject to availability)
  • English lessons at Tamwood International College in Vancouver, Toronto or Whistler
  • Medical Insurance

Typical Jobs Available

Ski Resort Operations

Locations: BC Interior, Alberta

  • Lift Attendant
  • Ticket Seller
  • Equipment Sales &Rentals Clerk
  • Guest Services Attendant*
  • Food & Beverage Server
  • Kitchen Prep
  • Ski Instructor*
  • Sports Equipment Technician*
  • Parking Attendant

Hotels & Inns

Locations: Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Vancouver Island, Ontario

  • House Keeping
  • Maintenance
  • Kitchen
  • Food & Beverage Servers
  • Guest Services*
  • Front of House*

Summer Camps

Locations: Vancouver, Whistler, B.C., Ontario

  • Camp Counselor
  • Sports Instructor*
  • English Teacher*
  • Arts Instructor*
  • Dance Instructor*
  • Life Guard*

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes & Retailers

Locations: Vancouver & Toronto

  • Servers
  • Chefs*
  • Food Prep
  • Dish Washer
  • Host/Hostess
  • Counter Attendants
  • Baker*
  • Retail Clerk
  • Cashier
  • Inventory & Stock

Leisure Activities & Tourist Attractions

Locations: BC, Alberta, Ontario

  • Tour Guide
  • Ticket Seller
  • Guest Services*
  • Maintenance
  • Cleaner
  • Parking Attendant

* These jobs require specific education, certification or prior relevant work experience.

Average Salary

Most jobs pay around CAD $8 to CAD $12 per hour, and many service jobs include tips/gratuity on top of salary.

Work locations

GO International works with lot of employers across Canada. Jobs are mostly seasonal positions. Job opportunities depend on the number of factors including your education, work experience, English level, attitude, motivation, and interview skills as well as your program start an end dates. Placements are available in Vancouver, BC Interior, Whistler, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Calgary, Vancouver Island, rural areas and Ontario.

Best Months to Arrive on Standard Service

Participants can arrive at any time of the year. Applicants should apply to start their program on one of the scheduled GO International orientation dates, which are offered every month. Work is available in Vancouver any time or year. Jobs in the resort areas are available for summer and winter seasons only, so applicants wanting a seasonal resort job should arrive at least 2-3 months before the season starts to secure their resort job (arrive March to May for summer jobs and arrive October to November for winter jobs)

Current Paid Jobs Available

Click here to see a sample of the types of jobs located on our Hot Jobs List.

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Length of stay is maximum one year for most countries (6 months for Italy and 2 years for Australia).

Please contact GoInternational for pricing.