Working Holiday in Canada 2022
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are looking for our Recognized Organization Working Holiday/Young Professional work permits, this program is NOT applicable. Please refer to this blog post for more information. Our Working Holiday Resort Job is designed for first-time applicants that come to Canada under regular IEC participation for the first time.
There’s a reason Canada is repeatedly voted one of the most liveable countries in the world. Boasting Nat Geo wildlife, snow sprinkled peaks, ancient forests and endless adventures in the great outdoors (we could go on), there is simply nowhere else in the world quite like it.
This year has been nothing short of extraordinary, and as travel restrictions start to ease, we’re helping intrepid travellers (that’s you) live the Canadian dream. From applying for a Canada Working Holiday visa – the correct name (to be technical) being the Working Holiday permit (or IEC work permit) – to different types of work in Canada, discover everything you need to know about living and working in Canada in 2022 (including why you should apply now and not wait until the last minute…).
How Can I Work in Canada in 2022?
Great, so you’ve decided to move to the land of maple syrup and ice hockey.
First things first, you’ll need to get a Canada work visa (the IEC work permit). Canada has an agreement with over 30 countries through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. This program allows travellers between the age of 18 – 30 or 35 the opportunity to work in Canada (the age limit will depend on your nationality).
You can find out whether you’re eligible for the IEC work permit by checking the Government of Canada’s eligible IEC country list (scroll to the bottom of the page to find it).
If you are eligible you can create a profile under the IEC program. If you are selected, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), which will allow you to get a working holiday visa.
How Hard Is It To Get the IEC Working Holiday Visa for Canada?
All IEC countries have specific quotas, and some will have it easier than others.
Some countries have higher quotas, making it easier to secure a working holiday visa for Canada (like Australia, which has an unlimited number of visas available!). However, some countries have smaller quotas and a huge demand. Regardless of your country, you will not get an invitation if you are not part of the pool, so make sure you enter as soon as possible to increase your chances!
When Should I Apply for the IEC Work Permit for Canada in 2022?
Now! Even though IEC 2021 pools closed last November 12th and nobody knows when the IEC 2022 pool will open, you can start getting ready for the new season. Therefore, if you are looking into any of our Working Holiday programs in Canada, we recommend you start applying sooner rather than later.
Why you should apply for your IEC Work visa with enough time:
- Processing times are longer. On average, the IEC 2021 processing times have been 10-12 weeks, instead of the regular eight weeks, so we might face a similar situation during IEC 2022.
- You will be able to be present during all rounds of invitations during IEC 2022. The sooner you are in the pool the higher the chances to get your ITA!
- Nobody really knows when IEC 2022 will open. It can be early January or even March next year but get ready now, so don’t waste your time, let’s get to work!
Plus, if you’re super lucky and get your working holiday permit approved very early, there’s no need to worry as you will have 12 months to travel to Canada after your work permit is approved.
Will I Still Need a Job Offer to Get a Working Holiday Visa for 2022?
Nobody knows the requirements for IEC 2022 yet, but it looks like this won’t be necessary, as Canada has already opened for fully vaccinated travellers.
While a job offer might not be necessary to enter, looking for work in Canada – from ‘Canadianizing’ your resume to knowing where to apply – can be daunting, which is where we come in…
I Already Have My Approval Letter (POE) And Want to Work the Summer 2022 Season. Do I Still Have Time?
If you have the POE letter but aren’t able to make it out before it runs out, you’re in luck.
From July 30, 2021, eligible participants are able to request one final 12-month extension for their POE letters. Participants can take advantage of this measure until December 31, 2021.
You are eligible to request one final 12-month extension if your POE or approval letter was issued between January 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020 (learn more about it on the Government of Canada website here).
When Is the Summer Season 2022 Starting for Resorts? What About Winter Season 2022?
Our post on Hiring Seasons for a Ski & Summer Working Holiday in Canada covers this in-depth. Make sure you take a look to understand a bit more about the seasons to work at a resort in Canada. In any case, as a general idea:
Will The Resort Experience Last for A Whole Year or Do I Need to Leave the Resort at Some Point?
Our job placements are at resorts that stay open all year long. Of course, there is a ‘shoulder season’ when things are not that busy, which is the perfect time to book some time off and explore Canada. You are doing a working ‘holiday’, after all.
Do I Need to Be Vaccinated to Apply for a 2022 Working Holiday Visa?
You don’t need to be vaccinated to apply for a working holiday permit and to be approved for now. However, as of January 15th, 2022, you will only be allowed to enter the country if you are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. It seems that non-vaccinated Working Holiday permit holders will not be allowed to enter Canada, even if they have a job offer and are eager to isolate for 14 days.
What If I Didn’t Get an Invitation to Apply for the IEC Working Visa in 2021?
No problem! As soon as the IEC 2022 pool opens, you can create a new profile for IEC 2022. But remember, the early bird catches the worm.
Nobody knows when IEC will open again, so it is essential to make sure you are fully prepared. We can help you make sure you have all the right documents in advance, so when the invitation to apply for your working holiday permit comes, you are ready to go!
What’s it Like to Live in Canada During COVID-19?
To get you inspired we want to share the Working Holiday experience from Gabriel from Costa Rica. After graduating from Gastronomy and Culinary Arts in Costa Rica, Gabriel decided to have a working holiday experience abroad. Choosing the dazzling peaks and vast wilderness of the Canadian Rockies, Gabriel settled at a resort in Banff in Alberta. He now brings his culinary and pastry skills to all the visitors from Banff National Park (lucky them!).
Check out his Instagram account to follow his journey 📸 @gabomurillofer. He’s definitely made the most of his work and travel time in Canada!