Are you from Portugal? Portuguese Citizens can now do a Working Holiday in Canada!

May 16, 2018
Posted in Working Holiday

Hello guys! We wanted to share some exciting news about International Experience Canada and its new season coming up for 2019! Are you ready for the news? Portuguese can now get a Working Holiday for Canada! How great is that? 

Portugal joins a list of 33 other partner countries that allow youth to travel and work in Canada and this arrangement will allow Portuguese citizens to apply for a working holiday permit. This will be placed for International Experience Canada Season 2019, so applications will open around fall 2018! Of course, we will keep you guys posted!

With a Working Holiday work permit in Canada, as a Portuguese you are now allowed to work anywhere in Canada to help support your travels. This is a great opportunity to gain international work experience, meet new people, and immerse yourself in Canadian culture! This also means that we are excited to help participants from Portugal in our Working Holiday programs in Canada! 

If you are from Portugal, you might have a lot of questions about how to apply for your working holiday in Canada like when can you start your working holiday application? How does it work? We hope we can answer some of those questions for you!




  • I am from Portugal and I want to apply for a working holiday for Canada, can I apply now? 

No, although the announcement has been done, you will need to wait for the 2019 Season from International Experience Canada to open so the application process can begin.

  • Do we already know when the application will open for 2019 for Portuguese to apply for a working holiday for Canada? 

No, International Experience Canada does not have an official opening day. It normally opens every Fall of the year before of the season. This means that if everything goes like past years, around Fall 2018 IEC will start to open the pools per country. Please keep in mind that IEC announces each opening by country, so you will need to wait for the announcement for Portugal in your case.

  • How many working holiday permits are available for Portugal for Canada? 

So far the information you can find in the official Canada Government website, says that the new Youth Mobility Arrangement will allow Canadian and Portuguese aged 18 to 35 to work and travel through the Working Holiday, International Co-op, and Young Professional categories of the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program. There is no data about the quota per category just yet!

  • Once IEC 2019 opens, how can I start my application for a working holiday permit as Portuguese citizen? 

If the process stays the same as before, you can create your profile online to get your invitation to apply for your working holiday permit. Have you taken a look at our Working Holiday Application guide? We explain every step from creating your profile online under MYCIC account to waiting for your invitation to apply for your working holiday permit plus once you receive your invitation, we also explain how to prepare your work permit application! Take a look! We did a video guide on how to apply for your working holiday, so it is even easier!

  • How can Stepwest help me with my Working Holiday experience in Canada as citizen from Portugal? 

Our Working Holiday programs are perfect if you are wanting to travel to Canada, get work experience and want to be 100% sure that every single detail is covered. We make sure your working holiday permit is correct before travelling, accommodations are booked, and have a job offer secured so you’re making money right away! This way you will avoid spending time searching for jobs, accommodation, etc… We make the process easy, so you don’t have to worry too much!

We have two different programs depending on what type of adventure you want to have during your Working Holiday in Canada. 


Are you passionate about nature? Winter sports? Then our Working Holiday Resort Job program gives you the opportunity to spend a year working and living in one of Canada’s most famous resorts. Depending on the season you can explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Okanagan Valley, Vancouver Island, Banff and much more!

If you like mountain biking, swimming, hiking, zip lining, and rock climbing, the summer season in BC or Alberta is perfect for you! It begins in May-June every year! If you prefer the winter season and love skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating, the winter season begins in Oct-Nov. Explore the Canadian Rockies (Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise, …) or live in Whistler and you’ll get the ultimate Canadian experience with your working holiday permit!

Planning to come to Canada to work and travel for a whole year? No problem and no matter the season, we can secure your job working at a Canadian resort; employers and accommodations are all secured before you arrive to Canada, so there’s less worries for you upon arrival!


If you are more of a city person, you like the city life but also enjoy having a bit of outdoor adventure during weekends, our Working Holiday City Job program is perfect for you! Spend a year living and working in Vancouver. Gain experience working in hospitality, retail or many other fields and immerse yourself in Canadian culture. Vancouver has so much to offer, from hiking, shopping, and skiing, there is always something to do! The Working Holiday City Job program also offers a guaranteed work placement, so you don’t have to worry about that either!

Once registered in either of our Working Holiday programs, you can take advantage of our full orientation, 1 night’s hostel accommodation, interview preparation sessions, resume revision and visa support along with other perks!


Stepwest makes this process easy! Contact us and our experienced advisors will give you a FREE CONSULTATION to help guide you through the process. Remember, the International Experience Canada 2019 opens around fall 2018, so if you’re planning on coming in 2019, apply fall 2018 to make sure! Canada has so much to offer, so don’t miss out!

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