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Canada Working Holiday Program (Non-Sponsored)


International Experience Canada is a program established by the Canadian Government, which allows foreign nationals from 30+ countries to work and travel in Canada. This program is designed for participants, who have a work permit, but want the assistance from a Canadian company to get a job, find an accommodation and organize their travel plans.

Please note: The 2024 IEC season is now open, and we are accepting applications for our Non-Sponsored packages if you already have a Working Holiday visa or want to apply during the 2024 season.

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Dive into Adventure!

Work and Travel in Canada

The Canadian Working Holiday Program, also known as “CWHP”, is a program designed for applicants who want to come to Canada to work and travel. This program meets the demands of Canadian employers, while enabling international young people to earn some income to support their holiday in Canada. GO International provides valuable assistance to participants with settling in, finding a job and accommodation and getting to know Canada.

This program is for participants, who are eligible to apply for the Canada Working Holiday visa directly with the IEC.
It does not include a nomination by a Recognized Organization!

Have a look at the website of the Canadian Government if you are eligible to apply directly for the work permit.

We are happy to assist you with the rest, such as finding a job, applying for your Social Insurance Number, filing your taxes and generally having a great time in Canada!

The Highlights

Spend an absolutely amazing vacation working in Canada and truly “experience” the people, the unique natural beauty and the adrenaline rush that you can only get from this country. Participants in the Working Holiday 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.

Have a look below for information about our Non-Sponsored Package:

You will be provided with personal assistance for the whole duration of your program. Think of having a tour guide/program adviser 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 receive emergency support (so you parents won’t have to lie awake at night worrying about you);

You will get a JOB FAST – you are given one year member access to our Job-hunting websites, our 101 JOB READY portal 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!


Did you know?

As part of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the International Experience Canada (IEC) program facilitates travel and work opportunities for Canadian and foreign national youth. The program provides the opportunity to gain life-changing personal and professional experience by travelling and working in Canada or abroad. The mandate of IEC is to enhance key bilateral relationships between Canada and other countries and territories and emphasize the importance of improved participation reciprocity. IEC supports Canada’s economic and cultural interests by administering bilateral, reciprocal agreements and arrangements with 35 countries and territories (also known as youth mobility arrangements, or YMAs). Agreements and arrangements are generally open to Canadian and foreign youth aged 18 to 35.

Have a look here for more information about International Experience Canada.

Orientation Dates

Recommended Arrival Date City Walk Online Orientation
Monday, January 22nd Tuesday, January 23rd Friday, January 26th
Monday, February 19th Tuesday, February 21st Friday, February 23rd
Monday, March 18th Tuesday, March 19th Friday, March 22nd
Monday, April 15th Tuesday, April 16th Friday, April 19th
Monday, May 13th Tuesday, May 14th Friday, May 17th
Monday, June 10th Tuesday, June 11th Friday, June 14th
Monday, July 8th Tuesday, July 9th Friday, July 12th
Monday, August 5th Tuesday, August 6th Friday, August 9th
Monday, September 2nd Tuesday, September 3rd Friday, September 6th
Monday, September 30th Tuesday, October 1st Friday, October 4th
Monday, October 28th Tuesday, October 29th Friday, November 1st
Monday, November 25th Tuesday, November 26th Friday, November 29th
Monday, December 23rd
Tuesday, December 24th Friday, December 27th

Option To Add English / Career Training Programs

Participants in the Working Holiday Program have the option to add an English course, IELTS preparation course, and/or a career training diploma program in International Business, Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing or Hospitality and Tourism to their work program. We suggest these optional study programs as a way to enhance your education, improve your employment prospects and provide you with additional skills and credentials to enhance your eligibility for Canadian immigration.

Please contact GO International or your booking agent for a full list of optional study programs available through GO International’s sister college and language school, and for a price quote for these optional services.

Additional information




12-24 months




IEC Working Holiday Visa