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Jenza Work Canada

Working holidays in Canada

Want to live in Canada for up to two years with visa support, a pre-arranged seasonal job and five nights' accommodation when you land? Do Canadian bears *beep* in the woods?

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Is it for me?

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18-35 years

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23-month visa

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Visa applications open Dec/Jan

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Ski or summer job before you go

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Earn CAD $15-$20 ph

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5 nights when you land

$1,329

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What she said

"I wouldn’t take anything back, this has been the best experience of my life.”

Mia, JENZA roadtester

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Get on board

Work Canada | $1,329

We provide the visa application help, pre-arranged job and arrival support you need to spend up to two years living and working overseas in Canada.

Starting in Vancouver or Toronto, our optional group start dates allow you to spend the first six days of your Canada working holiday with people like you. With five nights’ hostel accommodation, arrival orientations and job workshops – it’s the best way to settle into Canadian life before starting work.

Sure, getting your working holiday visa for Canada can be a bit of a hill to climb, but that’s where yours truly comes in.

To work in Canada, you must have a work permit from International Experience Canada (the IEC). The IEC visa allows you to work for up to 23 months in any industry, other than the sex industry. You’re only allowed one visa per lifetime, so it’s designed to grab life by the snowballs and make it count.

There are only a limited number of IEC Canada visas each year, and so applications work via a pool system. (Not the fun pina colada kind, the kind where if your name is drawn out, you’ll be sent an ‘Invitation to Apply’ for your work permit).

Fast forward some more forms and a biometrics appointment, and you'll receive your ‘Port of Entry’ letter to work in Canada. You then have 12 months to enter the country.

The IEC visa pool opens in Dec/Jan each year, and usually stays open until Sep/Oct. Applying early ensures your profile is exposed to the maximum number of name draws.

  • New Zealand passport holders must have their ‘Invitation to Apply’ letter before their 36th birthday
  • Have proof of CAD $2,500 in support funds
  • No criminal convictions from the last five years
  • Most applicants are required to have a police background check

If you’ve already have had an IEC Canada visa, talk to us about our returner visas. These include the RO letter (Recognised Organisation) and Young Professionals visa.

Confused? Scroll the page to watch Jessie explain the visa process.

Your visa allows you to do casual or career work. Typical backpacker and gap year jobs include working in tourism, hospitality, sales, labouring, childcare, retail and seasonal work in ski and summer resorts.

Seasonal jobs are the most popular options for travellers when they first arrive – working as a housekeeper, server, barista, chef, lift attendant, rental technician, driver or ski instructor. The minimum wage differs per state or province, with Alberta, Ontario and British Colombia all around the CAD $15 mark. Most of our pre-arranged ski and summer season employers pay between $15-21 an hour, plus tips where applicable.

You can also work in industries related to your career, education or trade – such as nursing, beauty, marketing, finance, recruitment and everything between. Here your earning potential will be higher, especially with a two-year visa to build up your experience.

While numbers are not guaranteed (especially outside of the ski season), we suggest timing your flights with our group arrival dates and monthly social:

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However, SWAP (our in-country partners) run an in-person arrival orientation every Wednesday, so you can arrive at any time and we'll book your hostel accommodation around your flights.

What's included

Everything you need to get your visa, get hired and get on the plane – with one-on-one support from people who’ve been. 

The IEC doesn't allow us to apply for your visa on your behalf, but we're with you the whole way – with the correct forms, one-on-one calls and visa webinars to ensure your application is submitted correctly.

Your visa fee (currently CAD $256) is paid directly to the Canadian government, and you must also attend a biometrics appointment at a designated biometrics centre to have your photo and fingerprints taken.

The whole visa process from entering the IEC visa pool to receiving your ‘Port of Entry’ letter can take between 2-3 months. We suggest booking as soon as the pool opens for the best chance of securing a visa.

We include job interviews before you go, plus unlimited working holiday jobs on the road. It's how we work.

Our Dream Jobs team scour the planet finding seasonal employers who are looking to take on working holidaymakers. They’re pre-vetted to make sure everything is legit, and once you get your ‘Invitation to Apply’, you can start searching and applying for positions on our JENZA Job Hub.

If you want to sort a job before you go, we work with some of the top resorts in Canada, including in Banff and Whistler, to help you secure a 4-6 month ski season or summer job. Depending on the resort, you’ll need to commit to the full winter season (Nov-Mar) or summer season (May-Sep). Almost all our seasonal employers include subsidised staff housing (around $400-600 per month) and great perks such as discounted lift passes, gear hire, and ski or snowboard lessons.

If you’d rather wait until you land, a job workshop is included in your arrival orientation. You’ll also have access to our JENZA Job Hub for your whole visa.

Your Work Canada ride or die, all our JENZA Support Squad have worked the world, so can give you firsthand advice on moving overseas. As well as being a geeky bunch of travel nerds and visa whisperers, we're also mental health awareness trained. Which means we know how to connect like humans – not customer service bots.

On top of one-on-one video calls, visa webinars and pre-departure handbooks, there’s a group call with the team in Canada every Tuesday to answer all your questions before you go.

  • 5 nights at the Samesun hostel in either Toronto, Vancouver or Banff; or the HI hostel in Calgary
  • Weekly in-person arrival orientation every Wednesday (remote if starting in Banff or Calgary)
  • Job workshops to find available positions and get your CV Canada-ready (remote if starting in Banff or Calgary)
  • Long-term accommodation support
  • Monthly social events in Vancouver and Toronto
  • Access to SWAP’s resource centres in Vancouver or Toronto for your whole visa

If you’re heading straight for the mountains or don’t want to go via Vancouver or Toronto, you can use your accommodation in Banff or Calgary at any point in your trip.

This is all the un-sexy stuff, but essential and legal stuff you need to start working in Canada. When you arrive, the SWAP team will help you to set up:

  • SIN (Social Insurance Number)
  • Canada bank account
  • SIM card

Free (or close to free) stuff Our favourite F word. Score hundreds of overseas discounts with our virtual JENZA X IYTC card.

Earn extra cash Shot it? Share it. We pay for blogs, vlogs, images and videos. DM us on Insta and send us a pitch.

Ask an alumni  Hear from people who've been. We try to have an alumni on every pre-departure call to answer all your questions.

Find a friend Meet people like you. Connect with travellers arriving at the same time on our JENZA Discord group chats.

Book now pay later Secure your spot with $200 deposit, paying the balance eight weeks before you fly.

About our pricing Our mission is to make working abroad more accessible. Meaning we do everything we can pay our team, support our partners and make a profit – without screwing over the people who matter. Read about how our pricing works and the people involved in making your JENZA happen.

We also walk the walk, donating 5% of profits to our overseas scholarship fund.

What’s not included

Support funds (CAD $)

You are required to show proof that you can access CAD $2,500.

Travel insurance for Canada

You may be asked for your policy documents at immigration, so you must take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for your whole stay. For example, if you book a six-month policy to save money, you run the risk of your visa being stamped for that duration – not the full duration of your visa.

In-person biometrics appointment

This is a condition of your visa and currently costs CAD $85.

Visa fee Canada

This is paid directly to the Canada Embassy and currently costs CAD $256.

Canada police background check

You need to provide a police check for every country you have continuously lived in for 6+ months since the age of 18. The process and cost varies per country.

Flights

We don’t recommend booking flights until your visa is approved.

A young man does a handstand in the road with the Canadian Rockies in the background - from Thomas Griesbeck via Unsplash
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The great returners

Already used your Canada IEC visa?

All is not lost! JENZA is also allocated RO letters (Recognised Organisation) and Young Professional visas that could still allow you to work in Canada. Set up a call to see if you qualify.

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Meet some of our Canada employers

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What the squad say 

#Team talk 

The JENZA blog

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All the inspo and intel on life in Canada

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Need to know / Canada

Everything you need to know about the IEC Canada working holiday visa

Hannah Jeffery

We came, we read, we spent two years living and working in Canada.

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Fun Stuff / Canada

Foods you need to try on your Canada working holiday

Hannah Jeffery

And why it’s okay to eat beaver’s tails without being branded a psycho.

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Travel you can trust

Our Extra Mile Promise

Every JENZA experience has been shaped by our Youth Advisory Panel, roadtested by our travellers, and backed by 60+ years of work abroad expertise. But if we still don’t rock your world, we’ll refund the part of your JENZA program you’re not happy with. T&Cs apply

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