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International Mobility Programs

Hiring international mobile youth workers is a good alternative to address your labour needs. The Canadian government has a bilateral agreement with 30 countries allowing the exchange of youth to work and/or study abroad. They do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and youth can apply for a work permit through local embassies without employer’s involvement.

There are three types of permits that are collectively part of the International Experiences Canada for young international workers, including:  Working Holiday Program (WHP), Young Professionals and International Co-op Programs.

  1. Working Holiday Program offers a limited number of temporary work permits through Canadian embassies each year for foreigners, typically between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35. Youth from many countries are able to participate in the program up to two times.  These visas are usually valid for 12-24 months and can be a great way for employers to fill peak season labour demands.
  2. Young Professionals Program issues twelve-month work permits for young professionals aged 18-35 (in most cases) who are interested in gaining serious international professional work experience in their field. Participants need a signed offer of employment or contract made by a Canadian employer before applying for the permit. Employment must typically be in the workers area of expertise (degree or work experience related).
  3. International Co-op Program (Internship) offers qualifying students the opportunity to gain valuable international work experience related to their field.

Learn more about these International Experiences Canada programs.

Learn more about the types of temporary work permits for international young workers.

Related Links

Welcome BC - The Government of British Columbia’s website for all immigration-related information.

The 'Come to Canada Wizard' - An online app of the Government of Canada for candidates on navigating the immigration and temporary foreign worker system.

Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP) - A program developed to assist Working Holiday Program Canadians and international youth with work permits, travel logistics and securing employment.

Moving2Canada.com is a self-service information website that provides information on all aspects of planning a move to Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada - resources for foreign students wishing to work in Canada


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