Working Holiday Canada News

A number of IEC pool quotas have changed since mid-July, benefiting Working Holiday candidates from certain countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Some Young Professionals pool quotas also increased.

An increase in a quota for a given pool typically means that candidates remaining in that pool will have a better chance of being invited to apply for a Canadian work permit.

The total number of IEC invitations issued so far this year has ticked up to 100,172, with 4,486 of those issued over the past two weeks. Refer to the table below for full details about how many invitations were issued for each country and how many spots remain.

The Working Holiday category is by far the most popular IEC path to Canada as it allows approved applicants to obtain an open work permit. This lets them live anywhere in Canada, to work for any employer, and even to switch jobs and locations during the work permit validity period.

Over recent months, many IEC applicants have already had their complete work permit applications approved by Canadian immigration authorities. This important step in the IEC application process results in the issuance of a Port of Entry Letter of Introduction, popularly known as a POE or LOI. Plenty of POE recipients have been celebrating and sharing their timelines and future plans on the popular Moving2Canada IEC Working Holiday discussion group, which now counts more than 33,000 active members.

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The 2022 IEC season

As of January 13, hopeful participants from many participating countries have been able to submit profiles to the different IEC pools, including for the popular Working Holiday program. Check the table below to find out how many spots are available for your country, as well as chances of being invited to apply in the next round of invitations.

IEC is a work permit program that allows youth from participating countries to come to Canada to work and travel. The past two IEC seasons have been smaller than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While quotas are large for the 2022 IEC season, the ongoing pandemic makes it difficult to predict how many participants will be accepted. 

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There are three different IEC pools. Each participating country has a separate agreement with Canada that determines which pools are available, which age groups are eligible, and how long participants can stay in Canada. You can view the pools available to your country on this page.

The most popular IEC program is the Working Holiday program, which doesn’t require a job offer to be arranged in advance. The Young Professionals program requires participants to arrange a job in Canada before applying. Meanwhile, the International Co-op program is for students who arrange a co-op placement in Canada.

Notably, for the 2022 IEC season, candidates are required to be fully vaccinated in order to participate.

In order to participate, IEC hopefuls have to start by creating a profile in one of the IEC pools. However, if a candidate had a profile in the 2021 pools and was not invited, their profile will have automatically carried forward into the 2022 pools (as long as they remain eligible). If you’re not sure if your profile has been carried forward, check your IRCC account

Invitations are issued on a weekly basis using a randomized lottery system. If you receive an invitation, you can then submit an application for a Canadian work permit.

Quotas & invitations for the 2022 IEC season

The table below includes all participating IEC countries and pools. All pools are currently open. This table will be updated throughout the IEC season to show how many invitations have been issued and how many spots remain for each country.

Most recent update: July 29

PoolQuotaInvitations to dateInvitations since two weeks agoSpots availableSpots filled last roundEligible candidates in poolCandidate changeChances of invite in next round
Andorra – WH25160011Excellent
Australia – WHUnlimited6192538Unlimitedn/a112-87Excellent
Australia – YPUnlimited17811Unlimitedn/a61Excellent
Australia – ICUnlimited50Unlimitedn/a11Excellent
Austria - WH1712513566unknown5-21Excellent
Austria - YP72913unknown00Excellent
Austria - IC2102unknown00Excellent
Belgium - WH12501367474391610-14Excellent
Chile - WH9251635121347734186Very low
Chile - YP701891400199-4Very low
Chile - IC5905000Excellent
Costa Rica - WH15529655162410Very low
Costa Rica - YP4087601161Very low
Costa Rica - IC5614-100Excellent
Croatia - WH275166818830-4Excellent
Croatia - YP206018000Excellent
Croatia - IC5005000Excellent
Czech Republic - WH1000157538199816-4Excellent
Czech Republic - YP14827925612-13Excellent
Czech Republic - IC2102unknown00Excellent
Denmark – WH45050619151670Excellent
Estonia - WH11017664610-3Excellent
Estonia - YP101815-400Excellent
Estonia - IC5002300Excellent
France - WH10950181229571003unknown6170-187Very low
France - YP31003777274766unknown55-51Excellent
France - VIE45035861361110018Excellent
France - IC2500291213258653518-28Excellent
Germany – WH4490591022312106433-41Excellent
Germany – YP35029213209120Excellent
Germany – IC160132498132Excellent
Greece - WH2753691641224-2Excellent
Greece - YP487268unknown21Excellent
Greece - IC2101000Excellent
Hong Kong - WH200417232844-7Excellent
Ireland – WH105001062532552518665-66Excellent
Ireland – YP1501711011612-4Excellent
Ireland – IC5011044000Excellent
Italy - WH100024371061451723-16Excellent
Japan - WH65006288341243913275-64Excellent
Latvia - WH459585unknown9-6Very low
Latvia - YP3312500Excellent
Latvia - IC2002000Excellent
Lithuania - WH1954112119unknown61-9Very Low
Lithuania - YP31161180-1Excellent
Lithuania - IC2002300Excellent
Luxembourg - WH803425420-1Excellent
Luxembourg - YP100010000Excellent
Luxembourg - IC10109000Excellent
Netherlands - WH750109260140158-18Excellent
Netherlands - YP10016131343-2Excellent
New Zealand – WH2500231513111494330-13Excellent
Norway - WH1308448420-2Excellent
Norway - YP154013-100Excellent
Norway - IC5204000Excellent
Poland - WH63510033112794-10Excellent
Poland - YP11069370000Excellent
Poland - IC5204000Excellent
Portugal - WH17501178601057194-21Excellent
Portugal - YP200501180011Excellent
Portugal - IC50914500-1Excellent
San Marino - WH256023000Excellent
Slovakia - WH31561317712-7Excellent
Slovakia - YP337985-21-1Excellent
Slovakia - IC2002300Excellent
Slovenia - WH806528400-1Excellent
Slovenia - YP152013000Excellent
Slovenia - IC5005000Excellent
South Korea - WH400081580003015193Very low
Spain – WH137026611652203541-30Excellent
Spain – YP12020914323-5Excellent
Spain – IC10132110-1Excellent
Sweden - WH58045123368591Excellent
Sweden - YP10027185011Excellent
Sweden - IC204118000Excellent
Switzerland - YP20016078521-3Excellent
Switzerland - IC5023232210Excellent
Taiwan - WH9402300104-1153067Very low
Taiwan - YP589577-717-5Very low
Taiwan - IC22702700Excellent
UK – WH8000138896921175181139-136Excellent

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What to do to prepare yourself for IEC?

If you’re hoping to snag an invitation through IEC, the best thing to do is plan ahead. In order to make your IEC process as simple as possible, we recommend using our free interactive guide, Moving2Canada GO. GO provides you with personalized tasks and instructions for every step of IEC.

First, make sure you’re eligible for one of the three IEC programs: the Working Holiday program (the most popular option), Young Professionals, and International Co-op.

If you meet the eligibility for one of the programs, the next step is to submit yourself to the pools. Submitting your profile as early as possible will guarantee that you’re considered for all invitation rounds. Invitations are issued randomly, so you want to be in the pools as early as possible. If you had a profile in the 2021 pools and were not invited, your profile should have automatically carried forward into the 2022 pools (as long as you remain eligible). If you’re not sure if your profile has been carried forward, check your IRCC account

You can also begin preparing yourself for the work permit application you’ll have to submit if you receive an invitation.

People planning their move to Canada through IEC can get personalized guidance about how to succeed, as well as resources on how to make the most of your experience in Canada by using Moving2Canada GO.

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Moving2Canada GO: Your personalized guide to IEC!

Our free interactive tool will help you plan for every step of the IEC journey.

Finding a job for the 2022 IEC season

For the 2022 IEC Working Holiday season, it is no longer a requirement for participants to have a Canadian job offer arranged in advance. However, many IEC Working Holiday participants may want to start looking for jobs in Canada before they arrive. Thankfully, we just published a new guide on finding a job in Canada for the 2022 IEC season. Check it out.

Young Guns Container Crew

If you’re looking for a physically demanding job with a great crew, we recommend taking a look at our partner, Young Guns Container Crew. They’re hiring labourers to help unload shipping containers in Toronto, Vancouver, and Cornwall, Ontario (with more locations to come in 2022). They love IECers and can offer you a job before you arrive. Apply here — or get more information by watching this video:

Pursuit

Pursuit provides awe-inspiring experiences for guests and team members alike in locations such as Banff, Jasper, Golden, and Waterton. Don’t take our word for it, check out this spectacular video!

Pursuit is hiring for a bunch of seasonal and year-round positions. Send in your application here.

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1-800-GOT-JUNK?

1-800-GOT-JUNK? offers the best driver jobs in Canada, and they’re excited to welcome newly-landed folks to the team — particularly IEC Working Holiday participants! They’re currently hiring across more than 15 locations in Canada.

Apply to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? today!

1-800-GOT-JUNK? jobs in Canada

Horizon Contracting Group

Join the rapidly-growing Horizon teams in the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky Corridor, and Okanagan regions. New team members will perform all tasks related to maintenance and watering services for Western Canada’s commercial and government sectors. Horizon is currently looking for new team members across a range of positions, from skilled trades to labourers and more.

#JoinTeamHorizon

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What is Moving2Canada GO?

Moving2Canada is changing the way we deliver information and advice to our community of ambitious, adventure-seeking newcomers to Canada and those on the way over soon. Moving2Canada GO is an interactive tool that enables you to organize your move and settle in Canada simply, while avoiding potentially costly errors along the way.

With a personalized list of tasks and and articles tailored for your needs and goals, Moving2Canada GO puts you at the heart of everything.

Click here to get going!

What is the IEC program?

The IEC program allows international youth from more than 30 countries aged 18 to 35 (or in some cases, 18 to 30) to live and work in Canada for up to 24 months.

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