The information on this page is for the IEC 2022 season, when a job offer for the IEC Work Holiday program was required for most of the season. Please visit this page for more up-to-date information and opportunities for IEC work: Jobs in Canada for 2022.
Important update, September 7th: Fully vaccinated IEC candidates no longer need to receive a job offer to be eligible for an invitation to apply.
The information below currently only applies to IEC candidates who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Canada has announced a new requirement for Work Holiday attendees to receive a job offer before they are invited to apply for a work permit.
This has left many IEC candidates struggling to find work – a difficult hurdle, especially for those outside the country with no links to Canadian employers.
We’ve put together this guide with top tips to help job seekers claiming a job offer in 2021. In addition, we have even formed partnerships with several Canadian employers and recruitment organizations that are issuing job offers for the 2022 IEC season. Go to list.
And, if you need advice on planning your IEC journey, as well as a regularly updated list of employers who are hiring vacation candidates, be sure to sign up for Moving2Canada GO. It’s completely free and provides you with personalized tasks and instructions for every IEC step.
If you have questions about the specific requirements of a job offer, such as what should be included in your offer letter or where to download the letter, be sure to check out the FAQ section of our Work Holiday News Center.
Tip 1: Canalize your resume and cover letter
If you are planning to apply for a job in Canada, make sure you have the required documents. This includes a Canadian-style resume and, for many positions, a cover letter.
Most employers only spend a few seconds reviewing each resume, so first impressions matter a lot! We recommend reading our Canadian style resume guide – you can even download our free resume template to make sure you’re really up to the task. And be sure to double and triple check your resume for grammatical or spelling errors.
A cover letter is a one-page letter that you may be asked to provide with your Canadian job application. It details your suitability for the position, showcasing your relevant skills and accomplishments. Luckily, you can improve your cover letter with our guide. Cover letters are not required for all jobs, but even if it’s optional, including a cover letter can really help you stand out from other job seekers, which brings us to our next tip.
Tip 2: Stand out – virtually
Applying for a job in Canada when you live outside the country is challenging, but not impossible. One way to improve your chances of getting a job is to find creative ways to stand out from other job seekers. And in the age of Zoom, you’ll have to find ways to do it virtually.
IEC community member Laurie Lee wrote a brilliant article about her experience with doing work virtually. She has a few creative ideas to stand out: video cover letters, cold business presentations, and regular follow-ups.
Informational interviews can also be a great way to connect with professionals in your industry. Find mentors working in your chosen industry in Canada and contact them to see if they’ll be available for a Zoom meeting – just to talk about the industry, not to apply for a job. These types of interviews can provide valuable information and these types of connections can help you find a job in Canada’s hidden job market.
Tip 3: Find an employer who understands the IEC process
Canadian employers who are not versed in the immigration process are often hesitant to hire IEC participants before obtaining a work permit. But some employers in Canada love working leave participants – certain industries and employers rely on you to meet a specific need each year. If you can find these employers, they are more likely to offer you a job.
Luckily, our team has spent the last few weeks compiling a list of employers and recruiting groups that are hiring IEC candidates. Scroll below to check out our partner employers.
Tip 4: Make sure your position is paid
Some IEC members come to Canada and take up volunteer positions or work from home where they will work on a farm for room and board but no wages. Unfortunately, we have seen cases of vacation job applicants who have been hired but their offers have been rejected because they do not meet minimum wage standards in Canada. So, if you want your job offer to matter, you should be paid!
Solutions for construction work
Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton | Year-Round Positions
Based in Vancouver, CLS runs a local placement program that matches workers to companies and jobs in need of service. There are several occupations and non-occupations in CLS that do not require previous experience and do not require much physical effort. CLS also has positions in Calgary and Edmonton.
Young Guns Container Team
Toronto and Vancouver | Year-Round Positions
We partnered with Young Guns Container Crew long before the 2021 IEC season, helping a lot of people get jobs in this family business with roles in Toronto and Vancouver! Employees join small teams that help unload shipping containers. It’s a fun job, but physically demanding (while that can be a plus, it’s like going to the gym for money!).
Locations across Canada | Only specialized positions
Outpost specializes in the employment of construction and engineering personnel in leading companies in Canada. These roles are more career-focused than those described above, but we know that some IEC candidates are more work-focused than leisure-focused. If you are one of them and work in construction, check out the roles with Outpost.
And, if you want to be the first to know when new employers are added to the list, be sure to do it. It’s completely free and will provide you with an up-to-date list of IEC employers as well as personalized guidance throughout the IEC process!
Who hires IEC working leave candidates? Our Recommended Employer Partners
Since we learned about the new job offer requirements for vacation job applicants, we have been looking for Canadian employers and recruiting organizations that are hiring IEC members. The list below includes those whose reputation we have verified and who have been briefed about the IEC 2021 process. If you need a job offer, there is no better place to start!