Canada Summer Working Holiday Guide

Many people assume that Canada is in a permanent state of winter, but we also have a fantastic summer season! Working in Canada over the summer will allow you experience beautiful emerald green forests and turquoise lakes, epic wildlife – from bears to whales, wolves and moose – and adrenaline-fuelled activities (more on that later). In fact, there is so much to see and do that a summer working holiday really is the best option, as the IEC working holiday visa allows you to work and travel in Canada for 12 to 24 months, depending on your country.

Our Working Holiday Resort Job Programs guarantee you a resort or hotel job with accommodation before you arrive in Canada, so that you can earn money to fund your travels. Plus, you’ll have some of Canada’s best wilderness at your doorstep as the resorts we work with are located in Canada’s most beautiful destinations (think: Banff, Lake Louise, Tofino, Kelowna, Whistler, Revelstoke and more).

Our team assists you with your work permit and getting set up to live and work in Canada. So, if you’re interested in a Canada summer working holiday, read on to discover everything you need to know about taking a working holiday in the summer.

Canada Summer Season: Start Dates From May until early August!

The summer season is very popular in Canada because the weather is hot and tourists come to enjoy the beautiful wilderness. Can you imagine jumping in one of those turquoise lakes you see in pictures of Canada? It’s possible!

Working a summer season in Canada gives you access to hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking opportunities not available during the winter. Better still, you can do many of these outdoor activities before or after your shift. That’s the benefit of working at a resort or hotel in Canada!

If you are planning to work in Canada in the summer, the sooner you arrive, the more job opportunities you might have. Want to come this season? There are still job positions available, so it’s time to strike while the iron is hot!

If you plan on arriving later, we can secure your job with start dates as late as early August, so you can still enjoy the last part of the summer in Canada.

When Can I Interview for a Summer Job in Canada?

Resort employers will start doing interviews for their summer working holiday season as early as March and as late as June each year. You can begin working as early as April in some places, but most often you will start working between June or early July.

It is important to note, the longer you want to stay in Canada, the better chances you have for finding work. This is because resorts and hotels prefer to hire staff for the longest term possible. They invest a lot in your training on the resort’s operations and service standards. If you are planning to stay for both the summer and ski season, we make sure that you are going to work for an employer that will be open all year.

Our participants that start working during the summer season continue working through the winter ski season with their same employer if they decide to stay!

We know how important it is for you to make the most of your time in Canada. We make sure you do not have to waste time searching for another job after your first season is finished if you want to remain in the same location.

Secure Your Working Holiday Job Before Coming to Canada

Our Working Holiday Programs are designed so that you can focus on the excitement of your trip to Canada. We will secure your summer job in Canada months in advance, giving you the security that you only need to focus on organizing your things back home to spend the next summer working in Canada!

You will also have more time to enjoy your first few days in Canada as we will make sure all your essentials are covered – like getting your work permit on arrival, sorting out your bank and everything else needed to get you set up.

Can You Really Guarantee My Summer Work in Canada?

YES, we can! We take the time to work with you and make sure you will be a great fit for the employer. Employers like working with us, as we make their recruitment easy. We know what they look for in candidates and we do our best to prepare our participants for them. If you want to work for a specific ski resort or hotel, we will advise you on how to succeed in your interview with that employer.

It is important to note that although we will get you the interview, you are still responsible for the result. Our team will help you get there, but you are the one that will succeed in receiving a job offer!

We want to be realistic. We will never promise you a job that we don’t think we can find for you. That’s why we do a free consultation before you pay our program fee. We want to make sure we can help you before you join our program. If you put in the energy and the effort, you will get the job at the resort location you are dreaming of!

How Soon Do I Need My Working Holiday Visa To Work in Canada Summer 2022?

The sooner the better. You will have 12 months to activate the permit, so if you plan on working in Canada next summer, the sooner you secure your work permit, the sooner you can make plans!

Hotels and resorts will want a guarantee that you have an approved working holiday permit before hiring you, so it is worth getting into the pool early to increase your chances of getting an invitation (ITA) to secure your Working Holiday Visa.

For example, if you decide in June 2022 that you would like to work in Canada in summer 2023, you should apply for your Working Holiday Visa before the IEC 2022 season ends. That way as soon as hotels and resorts start hiring for the summer, you will be ready to apply!

If you did not make your decision that far in advance, no worries, you can still make it. Normally IEC opens early in the year, so you can get prepared to apply as soon as the pool opens for your country.

Can I Choose My Start Date To Begin Working at a Resort in Canada?

During our FREE Consultation together, you can let us know your start date preferences.

We will always make sure to inform each employer about your desired start date. This includes the extra time you will need to get settled in Canada before moving to the resort. Normally we recommend our participants set aside at least one business day to get their bank account, SIN number, cell phone, and a few more items sorted out with our team.

When hotels and resorts interview our participants, we will have previously notified them of your start date availability. Therefore, they can offer you a summer job position along with an assigned orientation date to start working in Canada! These orientation dates are great because you will be starting at the same time as other workers, meaning you won’t be the only new staff member on the team!

You do not want to miss your orientation date with your employer in Canada, as that’s a perfect day to meet new people, learn the policies from the company, all your benefits and perks, and so on. Attending will set you up for success and give you a great idea of the employer you are about to work the summer for in Canada.

What Do I Need To Know Regarding COVID-19 Regulations To Apply for a Working Holiday in Canada During IEC 2022?

Not much, the only important thing is that you must be fully vaccinated to be allowed to enter Canada.

When you join our Working Holiday Resort program you will be connected with our team throughout the whole process to prepare for your arrival, so that you get your work permit with no issues and no stress – so you can focus on spending the summer in Canada!

Working at a Resort in Canada: Accommodation and Benefits

Staff accommodation is by far the greatest advantage of working at a ski or summer resort. You will live close to your job, removing the need for a car, and you will save money because of the lower rent prices.

When you travel to Canada on our Summer Resort Program, staff accommodation is always guaranteed! You will travel to Canada with a job offer in hand, accommodation pre-arranged, and the tranquillity of having our assistance if you have any problems.

It is important to note, that not all resort employers offer extra benefits or perks to their staff. This makes it difficult for us to confirm the exact benefits that you will be eligible for when working for a summer resort in Canada.

In any case, we have put together the most common benefits and perks you might have while working in Canada during the summer. You will find:

  • Discounted staff housing where you live with other staff – the best way to make friends upon arrival to Canada!
  • Discounts on restaurants, cafes, shops and any local activities and tourist attractions connected to your host employer.
  • Discount on other hotels or resorts part of the same group. For example, our participants working for the Fairmont Whistler receive a discount to stay at other Fairmont hotels! This is nice to have for your trips around Canada during your gap year.
  • Staff parties or celebrations. Resorts and hotels are full of people from all around the world looking to have the best time, so it will be easy to enjoy these parties and make new friends!
  • Plus, each employer will have their own specific perks: resort discounts on food and retail, plus much more!

Where Should I Work in Canada During the Summer?

There are so many amazing destinations during the summer to work in Canada. Have you ever experienced those beautiful blue lakes? Well, what about waking up to one every day! The beauty of Canada is that it offers an amazing summer season that captures so many tourists from all over the world. You will be surprised on how many amazing destinations you can not only work at, but also enjoy as a gateway from your working holiday experience when working in Canada:

  • Tofino: beautiful beaches, old-growth forest and surf
  • Kelowna or the Okanagan: BC’s wine region
  • Whistler: BC’s adventure playground with hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, river kayaking, climbing and so much more.
  • Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper: Alberta’s adventure playground! Hiking, kayaking, climbing and generally discovering the Canadian Rockies during the summer.
  • …and many other beautiful Canadian Resorts on the West Coast!

What Roles Are Available to Work in Canada in Summer?

The job positions available during the summer season are very similar to those offered during the winter. The biggest difference is that during the summer, hotels and resorts will have way more activities outdoors. For example, in Whistler, you will find the golf court open so hotels like the Fairmont Whistler will be offering jobs as part of their golf course team. The hotels might need staff during the summer for locations that are closed during the winter months, but getting started there will open doors for any potential openings for winter season roles!

Also, during the summer months, there are a lot of activities and rentals close to the hotels such as kayaking, mountain biking, rafting and climbing, with many roles available. Not to forget events that are very seasonal, such as weddings, where you can work as a server to get some extra hours and save more money!

How Warm Does it Get in Canada?

Contrary to popular belief, Canada does get hot. During the summer season, temperatures range from 20 – 30°C and sometimes even reach 40°C depending on where you go. Generally, the coastal areas have more moderate climates while the interior regions like Osoyoos, and the Okanagan Valley in central British Columbia can get really hot in the summer. That’s when it is awesome to enjoy the amazing lakes to cool off for a swim!

How much is staff accommodation during the summer?

It will fully depend on where you will work in the summer. Some destinations are more expensive than others. Overall, it could be between CAD $400- 600 per month. In most cases, you will need to leave a deposit, like in a regular rental place. The apartments are ready to live in, you will just need to get your bedding, but no worries, we will be guiding you through the process, so you will know what is needed in advance. The rental fee is discounted from your salary and normally includes all the costs.

Can I Stay After Finishing My Summer Work in Canada?

There is a ‘shoulder season’ where there is not that much work. This is because tourism slows down for a period between the busy ski and summer seasons. This is typically the time of the year that our participants travel around Canada or to the United States, as the rest of the year they are busy working! Even more so now that the travelling restrictions have eased and you can even travel to the USA from Canada.

If you want to stay to experience Canada’s famous ski season (you definitely should!), we can also secure you a job for the winter season. Read our Canada Ski Working Holiday Guide for more information on working during the winter season.

Why Should I Work the Summer in Canada Through Stepwest’s Program?

Our main goal through our Working Holiday Summer Resort Program is to have all of the stress taken out of planning your working holiday in Canada! You’ll get your job locked in advance, so you’ll know exactly where you’ll be working and living for your summer in Canada!

Want to Learn More?

Our Summer Resort Working Holiday Program is open for the summer 2022 season! As soon as you connect with us, we will email you to arrange a FREE meeting to see how we can help you plan your Canada summer working holiday.