International Experience Canada (“IEC“) provides young individuals the opportunity to travel and work in Canada.  Its most popular programs, the Working Holiday Program and the Young Professionals Program, are currently available in 32 countries that have a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada.  A breakdown of the programs in these 32 countries can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website here, and specific program rules for each country can be found here.

Citizens of other countries, including the United States and Thailand, should check the IEC website to see if other less utilized programs, such as the Students Working Abroad Program, encompasses them.

An IEC application consists of two process.  The first is completed in Kompass, where an individuals eligibility is determined. If the individual is eligible, they will receive an IEC conditional acceptance letter and proceed to Stage 2.

While most information for the IEC is available online, we have reproduced copies of internal training manuals below to provide additional information who want to comprehensively understand what happens with their application, and what issues may cause delays.  Please note that this reproduction has not occurred with the affiliation of the Government of Canada, and the document was obtained through an Access to Information Act request.