IEC

International Experience Canada (IEC) is a program that provides young people with the opportunity to travel and work in Canada. This program is composed of three categories. 

ReqirementsWorking Holidays​Young ProfessionalsInternational Co-op
​Kind of Permit required​Open work permit Allows working anywhere in Canada and almost any Canadian Employer​Employer-specific work permit Allows working for the same Employer and same locationEmployer-specific work permit Allows working for the same Employer and same location
Permit duration1 or 2 years
Depend on Employment Contract
​Depend on Employment ContractDepend on Employment Contract
Requires a job offer or contract of employmentNoYesYes
Requires skilled work under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) codeNo​Yes
Level 0, A or B
​Yes
Level 0, A or B
Other requirementsNoYes
Level 0, A or B 
Job Offer or Employment Contract related to the candidate’s professional development
Job Offer or Employment Contract related to the candidate’s studies 

Enrolled at a post-secondary institution in origin country

In addition to the requirements of each category, IEC has the following general conditions to be eligible. 

Eligibility requirements for the IEC programCandidates must:
be a citizen (passport holder) of one of the 34 countries that have a bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada;
have a valid passport for the duration of their stay in Canada (the work permit issued will not be longer than the validity of the passport),
be between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35 at the time of application (the upper age limit depends on the applicant’s country of citizenship);
have the equivalent of $2,500 CAN upon landing to help cover initial expenses;
be able to take out health insurance for the duration of their stay (participants may have to present evidence of this insurance at the point of entry in Canada);
be admissible to Canada;
have, prior to departure, a round-trip ticket or the financial resources to purchase a departure ticket for the end of their authorized stay in Canada,
not be accompanied by dependents; and
pay the appropriate fees. Please note that specific age and eligibility requirements may vary by country. 

Please note that specific age and eligibility requirements may vary by country. Find more information here
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