Working Holiday in Canada 2022

October 8, 2021
Posted in How To Guide, Working Holiday


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.

Girl at Lake Louise for Working Holiday Canada 2022

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.

Three working holiday students on a mountain peak
📸 Martin, from Slovakia

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!

girl on working holiday visa hiking in Canada

When Should I Apply for the IEC Work Permit for Canada in 2022?

Now! There were quite a few changes in the 2021 IEC pool process and nobody knows when the IEC 2022 pool will open. Therefore, we recommend you start applying sooner rather than later.

Why you should apply for your IEC Work visa now:

  1. Processing times are longer. On average, the IEC 2021 processing times have been 10-12 weeks, instead of the regular eight weeks.
  2. You will be able to be present during the last rounds of invitations during IEC 2021. If you are not lucky this year, you can create a new profile as soon as IEC 2022 opens.
  3. Nobody really knows when IEC 2022 will open. It can be early January or even March next year, 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 wont be necessary, as Canada has already opened for fully vaccinated travellers. However, please note that a job offer may still be mandatory for non-vaccinated participants holding an approved working holiday permit.

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…

We’ve Got Your Back!

The majority of the Stepwest team originally moved to Canada on a working holiday. We know the struggle, which is why we secure all of our participants a job, accommodation and continual support throughout the process. You can land on Canadian soil bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, having received:

  • JOB OFFER GUARANTEED – Start working as soon as you land in Canada
  • ACCOMMODATION – Staff housing guaranteed at a discount price
  • WORK PERMIT SUPPORT – continuous support during the application process 
  • PERSONAL TRIP COORDINATOR – we’ll help you navigate through your whole journey. From the constant travelling changing requirements: layovers, Covid tests and proof of vaccinations to the arrival process until you arrive at the resort!

I Already Have My Approval Letter (POE) And Want to Work the Winter 2021/2022 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 Winter Season 2021 Starting for Resorts? What About Summer 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:

working holiday seasons in Canada

 

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.

Learning to surf in Tofino, Vancouver Island
Tofino, located on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, is one of the best places in Canada to learn to surf. Captured by📸 Martin, from Slovenia, during his Working Holiday.

Do I Need to Be Vaccinated to Apply for a 2022 Working Holiday Visa?

You don’t need to be vaccinated to apply for the working holiday permit. However, non-vaccinated Working Holiday permit holders are required to have a job offer to be allowed in the country and will need to isolate for 14 days. It’s important to keep in mind that many employers are requiring their staff to be vaccinated to live in staff housing.

What If I Don’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!

Is My Job Guaranteed Through the Working Holiday Program, Even During COVID-19?

100%, YES! Canada is one of the few countries that:

  • Has opened its borders for fully vaccinated travellers, which means there are tourists already! 
  • Employers are looking for staff – we will help you to stand out from the crowd with a strong application and interview preparation. We’ll also make sure you work for reputable hotels and resorts across Alberta & British Columbia.

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!

working holiday student jumping on a frozen lake, Canada

Book a FREE consultation with our team to learn how we can help you make the most of your work experience in Canada: