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
Aug 18, 2022
Jun 06, 2022
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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 only $795*

This program is currently not being promoted on Go Overseas by its provider. Check with InterExchange for the most up-to-date information regarding the status of this program.

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Program Reviews

9.91 Rating
based on 11 reviews
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  • Housing 8.5
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.9
  • Safety 9.9
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Reina
10/10
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
15 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
9/10
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
16 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
10/10
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
17 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
10/10
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.
34 people found this review helpful.
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Russ
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Job moved me to Canada

Over a year ago I was presented with a very cool opportunity to move to Toronto and level-up my career while experiencing another part of the world. The biggest hurdle was obviously - how do I get there??

A coworker told me about InterExchange and they took care of everything! Every question I had was answered before I even knew I needed help. If there was ever a time when something wasn't clear I was able to call my contact Mellisa DIRECTLY (no phone system or random support agents) and get exactly what I needed.

I can't recommend InterExchange enough! Moving to another country and being eligible for work can be a super challenging process. I wouldn't be here without the help I had through the program. If you're looking for something life-changing - this is it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy every moment of it and take a few risks! You won't regret it
31 people found this review helpful.
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Tyra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience!

I decided to take a Gap year after graduating college and It was one of the best decisions I could have made! I reached out to InterExchange and throughout the whole process Melissa H. assisted me with everything I needed to know. She was extremely helpful,provided plenty of great resources, quick to respond, and very friendly! She really helped the whole process run smoother and I am so grateful for her assistance. When I arrived to Canada I received help from Amber at SWAP Toronto and she was also extremely helpful! One of the things I liked was how there was a Facebook page and newsletter emailed to us that kept travelers updated on events,job openings,housing and any other useful information. I ended up working in Muskoka in the summer through a job agency that provided decent housing. It was such a beautiful and amazing location! I met so many friends from around the world and learned about their cultures..which is exactly what I wanted to do while being out in Canada. I had so many new and exciting experiences, being out on the beautiful lakes canoeing, camping, and parties! I was also able to make some trips to Toronto and Niagara Falls with my new friends. I like how InterExchange allows you apply again for another year. I recommend bringing a car if you can if your living in the middle of nowhere like Muskoka- that's how I survived. Another benefit to this program is how I now have work experience in another country ;). I would not have been able to make this happen without the support and guidance of these programs and my family!! Even though I was only living and working in Canada for a few months,it turned out to be one of the best experiences that I'll forever remember!

31 people found this review helpful.
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Ijeselle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience in Canada

I always knew that Canada was a beautiful place. And I was amazed to see everything through my own eyes and not from a screen or a book. When I came here I experienced snow for the first time. After a year, I'll know what season are. Living in Vancouver is like living with the rest of the world together. I've never seen so many cultures all in one place. I like Vancouver so much, I might think about moving here permanently. But first, there is a whole country I need to see before I make that kind of decision.

What would you improve about this program?
I want more activities to prompt me to go to visit more places.
28 people found this review helpful.
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Alexis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

I have done the Work and Travel in Canada program twice and have totally loved it. While traveling throughout Canada, I was able to be completely independent, however, I always knew I had a network of resources whenever I had questions that I could rely on. The Toronto office SWAP staff were incredibly welcoming and were very helpful when I needed assistance finding housing downtown. I am really happy I discovered this program and was able to experience all that Canada has to offer! :)

29 people found this review helpful.

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