Canada Working Holiday Visa – A Complete Guide

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Canada is a magnificent country full of beauty and diversity and that’s the reason why so many young people choose it for backpacking every year. If you also think of heading to Canada, it’s good to know some brief facts about your visa options, main Canadian cities and territories, lifestyle and job opportunity first.

You can get a 24-month working holiday visa if you are an Irish or Australian resident, or you can get a 12-month visa if you are a British citizen. While the program has already been closed for British passport holders till the end of the year, it’s still open to Irish young people. Australians can also apply – there are still 233 places left for Australian passport holders.

Who’s Eligible for a working holiday visa?

If you are a passport holder of one of the 30 countries listed above; you meet the age requirements; you are criminal and medically acceptable and have access to at least CA$2,500 to support yourself for the first 3 months of your stay in Canada, you are eligible for this visa.

Canada Working Holiday program is currently available for 30 countries:

CountryAge Limit CountryAge Limit
Costa Rica18-35Mexico18-29
Czech Republic18-35Norway18-35
Denmark18-35New Zealand18-35
Hong Kong18-30Spain18-35
Japan18-30United Kingdom18-30

Where to go in Canada?

Well, you are almost done but you need to decide where to start your trip from. Look at the information on the main cities and provinces below to help you better understand where you’d like to head off.

Alberta is the western and most ‘Prairie province’. Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta and Canada’s “Festival City”. There are over 30 festivals throughout the year and you’ll always have a reason to celebrate here.

The next province is British Columbia – the Western and most Canadian province with the capital city of Victoria. The Rocky Mountains run down the border of Alberta and British Columbia. The city of Victoria is based on Vancouver Island and is known as the “City of Gardens”, very attractive city with a large population of international students.

Ontario is the second-largest province with Toronto as the capital city. Ottawa, which is the capital city of Ontario, is also in Ontario. Ontario is famous for the “Great Lakes”. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

Vancouver skyline

Vancouver is a coastal seaport in British Columbia and it was recognized as a top travel destination for 2014. Vancouver is a preferred destination for many working holidaymakers.

Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada and a little piece of Europe on the borderline of Canada and the USA. Although French is the official language here, Montreal is one of the most bilingual cities in Quebec and in Canada. All products in Quebec are displayed in both languages French and English.

Wherever you decide to base your first travels around, it’s impossible to make a wrong decision as Canada is full of adventure, beauty and fun.

Work Opportunities for Backpackers

Working Holiday visa does not assist in securing a job; it just allows you to legally work in Canada for up to 24 months for any employer you want. Also, unlike many other working holiday schemes, you don’t have restrictions on the amount of time you can spend with one employer.

The best thing to do before you decide what job to look for is to ask yourself what do you want to achieve exactly from this experience, do you prefer to spend more time in the big cities or to be near wild nature.

There are a lot of job opportunities in resorts like the Rocky Mountains or mountain areas like Whistler and Banff, where you can find seasonal work or find work in the hotels, restaurants, ski lodges, with positions ranging from cleaners to ski instructors.

British Columbia and Ontario offer some of the best fruit-picking jobs. Workers are paid for their work and also provided with accommodation and food. Another popular job for backpackers is nannying but if you want to work as a nanny in Canada, you will need to show qualifications or work experience in the field and also be ready to dedicate to a family for a longer period of time.

So, Canada is a great choice for backpackers and an easy country to live in. With incredible natural heritage and easy-going people, Canada is truly the perfect place to venture to for work and travel.

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