Location
  • Canada
    • Victoria
    • Vancouver
    • Toronto
    • Quebec
    • Ottawa
    • Ontario
    • Okanagan
    • Montreal
    • Edmonton
    • Calgary
Length
2 - 52 weeks

Program Details

Timeframe
Academic Year Fall Spring Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Apartment Boat Cabin Camper Van Guesthouse Host Family Hostel Hotel Lodge Sleeper Train Tent
Primary Language
English
Age Min.
18
Age Max
35

Pricing

Starting Price
795
Price Details
Program fees cover the inclusions listed below (and more) as well as administration in the U.S. and Australia. They also help fund the grants awarded by our Foundation each year.

*Assistance obtaining your working holiday visa, which will allow you to work and travel for up to one year
*Flexible choice of arrival dates
*Pre-departure support, including a pre-departure guide to the program
*Arrival orientation in Vancouver or Toronto (phone orientation available from other locations)
*Job support throughout the country by phone/email (or in person in Vancouver or Toronto) for the duration of your stay
What's Included
Some Activities
Oct 20, 2023
Apr 05, 2024
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About Program

The InterExchange Work & Travel Canada program gives U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 a chance to experience a beautiful country while earning money throughout the year. Start with an arrival orientation in Vancouver or Toronto (or arrival independently to the city of your choice) and continue with job support throughout your program. If you already have a job in mind that's no problem! We can still provide logistical support.

This program involves traveling under the International Experience Canada (IEC) working holiday permit program. It is available to citizens around the world. U.S. applicants are required to work with a recognized organization (RO) such as InterExchange's partner organization in Canada. There's limited space each year so we recommend checking in early and often!

Program fee is $1395 USD, with an Early Bird rate of $1295 for applications received before January 8, 2024!

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 15 reviews
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  • Housing 4.4
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.7
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
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Averi
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Ashley from Interexchange

It is rare that you have a customer service experience that feels so special it makes you want to go out of your way to get other people to experience it. It is even harder to make a customer experience feel special when there no face to face interaction, but Ashley from interexchange seemed to have no problem at all.

From the jump she was responsive, helpful, and kind. Whenever I had a question or concern about the process she either answered it thoroughly, or pointed me in the direction of someone who could.

Deadlines are super important when it comes to visas as well as attention to detail and these guys know their craft! Not only were the application instructions clear and thorough, but the staff followed up when there were changes or questions asked to make sure that everything was done correctly and I had all of the information that I needed.

13 people found this review helpful.
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Albert
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Helpful throughout the process

Ashley was extremely helpful and supportive throughout the process. As many that are possibly looking into this program that are brand new to this process, as I was. She was very helpful, informative, patient, and supportive throughout the process. If there was a question I had, if she didn't have the direct answer, she at least was able to steer me into the right direction to find one.

I recommend this program to all but especially those who are new to looking to work, temporarily live, have extended vacation, etc within Canada. Their program makes it very simple to go through this process.

Cost is a factor as well. As the program is cheap to me due to the simplicity, helpfulness, patience, and guidance. So it may be expensive to others but I feel like the service you get is definitely worth the cost.

Pros
  • Simplicity
  • Helpful
  • Patient
40 people found this review helpful.
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Natalie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

amazing support!!

Ashley has been such a huge help in guiding me through the work visa application process. the process can be a bit confusing and complicated and im so glad i had her support. she was so kind and patient and made the whole procedure so much less stressful! im very grateful for her assistance and highly recommend her to others in the InterExchange program if you're looking for help with the work visa application process! :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros
  • informative
  • helpful
45 people found this review helpful.
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Kailey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

So Helpful!

I had a fantastic experience! All of my questions were answered quickly and thoroughly. The whole team made an overwhelming process very smooth and manageable. The helpful team was absolutely the highlight of the program for sure. I went through the process to live and work in Canada from the United States. I was able to move to a town that I had already been to and had connections in the community. I didn't utilize any of the housing resources but it was nice to know that it was an option.I would highly recommend!

51 people found this review helpful.
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Reina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Helped tremendously in my immigration journey!

I was able to successfully obtain and use 2 open work visas through the InterExchange Work & Travel Canada program (as a US citizen). The entire process via InterExchange is a process; there's paperwork, fees, and time waiting, as expected. Everything comes with a price, but I have found that it has been more than worth it in my experience. Working with InterExchange has been a breeze as well and I highly recommend them for their professionalism, thorough assistance, and variety of offers for travelers and newcomers.

The length of the validity of the actual visa is determined by the immigration officer upon landing (it is also in their discretion for how long) and during the activation of the visa. My first one was valid for 1-year and my second one is valid for 2-years (the officer must have been in a good mood that day :D it was on new year's day, lucky me)! I did not use these visas to apply for work as I was already working remotely. I used these visas in order to obtain a tax identification number (TIN) so that I could pay taxes as an independent contractor in Canada. This helped me tremendously in my immigration as I was able to keep working and living in Canada. I worked with James Bridge throughout the years and have really appreciated the thorough guidance and support each step of the way. Thank you, James!

I did not need accommodations or work as I already had both prior so I cannot speak to those. I highly recommend this program to anyone trying to jumpstart their immigration to Canada.

Pros
  • Thorough guidance
  • Many offerings for foreigners new to Canada
  • I felt supported and the process was quick and easy!
Cons
  • Cost
  • Instructions and directions can use improvement for participants to understand the hows/whys of the process
83 people found this review helpful.
Response from InterExchange

Thanks Reina, for your comments! We're so glad it all worked out that you found the program to be helpful. I've reached out to you regarding your comments about the permit activation and guidelines and hope to be in touch soon!

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Aaron
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

The experience to apply was easy and the administration was super helpful. They gave advice on living, taxes, and finding work. Though I didn't need too many resources, as I'm independent in many ways, this was a great way to gain work experience and explore a different lifestyle. I got a job as an Account Manager and the experience has been great for my growth as a professional. Living in Quebec also taught me a lot about having a quality lifestyle. Interexchange gave me the opportunity to easily explore this and I couldn't thank them enough.

Pros
  • Easy to apply
  • Helpful administration
Cons
  • Needs more presence in Quebec
99 people found this review helpful.
Response from InterExchange

Thanks so much Aaron! It's nice to hear that you've settled in well up there and I'm glad we were able to help smooth the road for you. Don't hesitate to reach out if there's ever anything we can assist with.

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Kimberlee
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Easy to understand and helpful employees!

The employees are very responsive to any questions. If they don’t know an answer they know someone who does. It would be awesome if somehow this program could convince the government to give US citizens the opportunity of 2 years for a work visa instead of 1, but that’s of course a long shot. They relieved a lot of initial stress for getting things together for crossing the boarder. I haven’t done much with them since getting in to Canada, but they were there when I needed! Highly recommend using interexchange for working abroad!

Pros
  • Open work visa acquired for US citizen
  • You are allowed to experience whatever you want
  • Easy boarder crossing.
Cons
  • They only have groups and meeting’s in big cities
92 people found this review helpful.
Response from InterExchange

Thanks Kimberlee! So glad to have been a part in your journey up to Canada and it's nice to hear that we were able to make it just a little bit less stressful!

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Gretchen
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Began my career in CA, hoping to stay!

I went through this program for reasons that probably won't align with most of the other participants. I wanted to be able to move to and work in Quebec to be with my boyfriend that I had met while studying abroad.

Having met the criteria for this visa, the cost was worthwhile since it allowed me to break into the market here. While on a 6-month tourist visa, I enrolled at the YMCA for French courses in preparation for job interviews which began in November and ended mid-January.

Although my IEC Working-holiday visa has ended, I'll be staying in Canada and continuing in my current position - my employer has sponsored me for another two years on a closed work permit! I've convinced another American friend of mine to join me here on this program and would suggest it to others looking for a change of culture from the US.

What would you improve about this program?
More clarification about required paperwork. I did EVERYTHING and did not end up needing to submit it. I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, but I wish I hadn't felt so anxious about getting it all together just to end up not needing it.
117 people found this review helpful.

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