Paid Work in Canada
Work, live, travel Canada!
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: PWIC
Duration: Up to 24 months
Spend up to two years living and working in Canada with the full support of a dedicated team. They'll be with you every step of the way to offer advice and guidance, and will make sure you find your perfect job. Not only that, but they'll set you up with all the practical stuff, get you involved with a load of fun social activities, and make sure you're as clued up about working in Canada as you possibly can be! To top it all off, you'll get to travel the country and explore some utterly stunning landscape and awesome cities, and will make a whole new group of friends to share the experience with. It doesn't get much better than this!
- Earn money to fund your ongoing travels around Canada and beyond
- Experience living and working abroad in one of the world's happiest countries
- Kick things off in Vancouver or Toronto with included accommodation right in the city centre for your first couple of nights
- Get ongoing support and advice from a fantastic team of local experts
- Meet a group of likeminded people and make new friends
Having chosen to be based in Vancouver or Toronto, you'll touchdown in either west or east Canada and will have time to get to grips with your surroundings as you spend your first couple of nights right in the city centre.
Our team will help you with all the practicalities; getting you signed up to our jobs database, making sure you're hooked up with a Canadian phone SIM, helping you sort out accommodation following your first two nights, going through your CV with you, and helping you prepare for interviews, as well as introducing you to new friends, showing you around the city, and getting you involved with some fun optional activities. They'll be there to advise, support, and guide you as and when you need them for the duration of your stay in Canada.
Excursions and Activities
As well as all the practical stuff, you'll get to have fun and make new friends at a whole heap of social events, including:
- Pub nights
- Curling tournaments
- Canoeing trips
- Hockey games
- Cultural excursions and trips
Types of Work
Our jobs teams in Vancouver and Toronto are the best port of call to find work, whether you’re looking for seasonal work, flexible hours, or something in a specific industry. They work with local recruitment agencies and independent businesses and organisations to find you the best work available while you’re in Canada. Some examples of roles that are most commonly available are:
Hospitality - front of house, kitchen, restaurant, events
Tourism - ski resort jobs, housekeeping, lift operators, guest services
Retail - head office staff, sales, warehouse, floor staff
Office - admin roles, customer services, human resources and more!
Depending whereabouts you're based in Canada, activities can range from east to west. Toronto, in the east, is great for visiting museums, various gardens, and to get to Niagara Falls. Vancouver, in the west, is perfect for water-top activities, spotting monuments and statues, and being bowled over by beautiful scenery at close by national parks. But wherever you find yourself in Canada, you'll never be stuck for things to do.
Make the most of your time in this gorgeous place by covering as much ground as possible – whether you've got a couple of days each week to explore your local area, or plan to work your way from east coast to west. We've got some great tours that could help you make your time here count. Check out our Canada trips page for some inspiration.
Did you know there are also other paid work programmes where the visa rules are not as strict? Check out our Paid Work page for information about other destinations.
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Depending on the city you've chosen to begin your adventure in, you'll need to arrange flights to arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) or Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on your programme start date. Airport transfers are not included but it is really easy to make your own way to the city centre hostels using taxis or public transport.
Both our hostels in Vancouver and Toronto are clean, safe, and comfortable, and are set in fun and lively areas in the heart of each city. You'll share a dorm with up to five other travellers, you'll have your own locker, and access to shared bathrooms, a shared kitchen and common room, laundry facilities, and free Wifi. We include 2 nights of accommodation in your programme, and we can assist you in booking further nights in Canada before you travel.
Meals aren't provided during this programme, so you'll have a fantastic opportunity to try out the local cuisine – which is awesome, by the way. From poutine, to smoked meat, butter tarts to warming fish chowder, Canadians know what they're doing with food, so have fun trying as much of it as you can.
About the Working Holiday Visa
You must obtain a Working Holiday Visa before beginning your programme. Canadian Working Holiday Visas are subject to eligibility – you'll need to meet the following criteria:
- British citizens must be aged between 18-30 years old
- Irish citizens must be aged between 18-35 years old
- Age restrictions for other nationalities vary, please contact us for more information.
- Have $2500 CAD funds to support yourself
Canadian Immigration have set a quota for how many visas will be available for UK and Irish citizens. The cost of the working holiday visa is $250 CAD.
The Working Holiday Visa is a three-step process in which each application is entered into a pool (providing you're eligible to apply for a Working Holiday Visa in the first place). Applicants are then randomly selected from the pool and invited to apply for a work permit. If you receive an invitation to apply, you'll then need to put together paperwork and information to support your initial application, including proof of education, work history, and background, plus any additional documentation required. The whole process can be quite lengthy and is a lottery based system, so be prepared to wait up to a year to find out whether or not you'll be successful.
If you'd like further help and guidance to apply for your Working Holiday Visa, you'll receive an information pack from us once you've paid your £49 trip deposit. Please note, this does not guarantee you a visa or count towards any of the cost of your visa. Programme deposits are non-refundable.
1. Put down your £49 non-refundable deposit to provisionally secure your space on your chosen start date and receive your visa guidance pack
2. Apply for your Working Holiday Visa in Canada directly with Canadian Immigration
3. Once your visa is granted let us know, pay your final balance and we will make the final arrangements for your package in Canada on your chosen start date
4. Head out to Canada!
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.