X Close

Subscribe

Sign up for go2HR's e-newsletters and receive job information and employer resources related to BC’s tourism and hospitality industry!

Print Print Print Print Print

Hiring International Mobile Young Workers: LMIAs Not Required

Hiring international mobile youth is a good alternative to address your labour needs. The Canadian government has a bilateral reciprocal agreements with  countries around the world to allow exchange of youth to work and/or study abroad. The following charts outline three types of work permits for international young workers: Working Holiday Program (WHP), Young Professional (YP) and International Co-op.

These work permits do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Youth can apply directly for a work permit through local embassies without any of your involvement. Many tourism employers have recruited staff, especially for seasonal positions, using one of the youth mobility programs and have enjoyed the benefits and convenience of these programs.

This chart contains program information such as quota amount, invitation start date and validity period. Terms and conditions vary depending on the country of origin. For a description of the visa types, click here.

Information in this chart will be updated on a regular basis as new agreements are established. Please check back for updates. You can also visit the CIC website to see the % of quota that has been filled to date.

Note: The information below is first sorted by category then by country of origin.

Working Holiday Program (WHP)

Country Quota Invitations Started Age Validity
Australia Unlimited November 18-30 24 months
Belgium 750 November 18-30 12 months
Chile 725 November 18-35 12 months
Costa Rica 80 November 18-35 12 months
Croatia 275 December 18-35 12 months
Czech Republic 1,000 December 18-35 12 months
Denmark 350 November 18-35 12 months
Estonia 80 December 18-35 12 months
France 6,550 November 18-35 24 months
Germany 4,200 December 18-35 12 months
Greece 180 November 18-35 12 months
Hong Kong 200 November 18-30 12 months
Ireland 7,700 November 18-35 24 months
Italy 1,000 November 18-35 12 months
Japan 6,500 November 18-30 12 months
Korea 4,000 November 18-30 12 months
Latvia 40 January 18-35 12 months
Lithuania 175 January 18-35 12 months
Netherlands 480 November 18-30 12 months
New Zealand 2,500 December 18-35 23 months
Norway 100 November 18-35 12 months
Poland 625 January 18-35 12 months
Slovakia 315 November 18-35 12 months
Slovenia 85 November 18-35 12 months
Spain 800 January 18-35 12 months
Sweden 550 November 18-30 12 months
Taiwan 940 November 18-35 12 months
UK 5,000 November 18-30 24 months

 

Young Professionals

Country Quota Invitations Started Age Validity
Australia Unlimited November 18-30 24 months
Austria 40 November 18-35 12 months
Chile 15 November 18-35 12 months
Costa Rica 10 November 18-35 12 months
Croatia 20 December 18-35 12 months
Czech Republic 120 December 18-35 12 months
Estonia 40 December 18-35 12 months
France 2,300 November 18-35 24 months
Germany 400 December 18-35 12 months
Greece 10 November 18-35 12 months
Ireland 2,500 November 18-35 24 months
Latvia 8 January 18-35 12 months
Lithuania 5 January 18-35 12 months
Netherlands 120 November 18-30 12 months
Norway 25 November 18-35 12 months
Poland 75 January 18-35 12 months
Slovakia 30 November 18-35 12 months
Slovenia 10 November 18-35 12 months
Spain 120 January 18-35 12 months
Sweden 100 November 18-30 12 months
Switzerland 175 November 18-35 18 months
Taiwan 40 November 18-35 12 months

 

International Co-op

Country Quota Invitations Started Age Validity
Australia Unlimited November 18-30 24 months
Austria 40 November 18-35 12 months
Chile 10 November 18-35 12 months
Costa Rica 10 November 18-35 12 months
Croatia 5 December 18-35 12 months
Czech Republic 30 December 18-35 12 months
Estonia 5 December 18-35 12 months
France 4,800 November 18-35 12 months
Germany 400 December 18-35 12 months
Greece 10 November 18-35 12 months
Ireland 500 November 18-35 12 months
Latvia 2 January 18-35 12 months
Lithuania 20 January 18-35 12 months
Norway 25 November 18-35 12 months
Poland 50 January 18-35 12 months
Slovakia 5 November 18-35 12 months
Slovenia 5 November 18-35 12 months
Spain 80 January 18-35 12 months
Sweden 50 November 18-30 12 months
Switzerland 75 November 18-35 18 months
Taiwan 20 November 18-35 12 months

 

This article may be republished for non-commercial purposes subject to the provisions of the Website Use Agreement. To republish this article, you must include the following notice along with the article: "Copyright © 2016 go2 Tourism HR Society. All Rights Reserved. Republished under license."