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Maybe it's a working vacation you're after, make a little money to pay for that plane ticket ? or maybe you just want to work in new surroundings, and gain skills and experience. Read on!

  • Start with your home country's foreign affairs website.  Look for links about youth, working holidays, exchange programs, etc.; then look for Canadian-affiliated programs.
  • Check out your home country's Youth Hostel Association website.
  • Are you a European student/youth? Want to visit and work in Canada? Check out: On Youth On the Move!


Maybe you're not a student or youth, or just want to see other options for working in Canada? Every year over 90,000 foreign workers enter Canada via a work permit to help meet skill shortages. Briefly, the most common process:

  • An employer offers you a job
  • The job offer is examined for foreign eligibility
  • You apply for your work permit


To be eligible for a work permit (and also temporary residence status, which is included), you must have skills that are needed in Canada, and apply from outside the country. Not all jobs require a work permit, however, and there are other exceptions depending on your job, your country of origin and other factors - so check out Canada International  for all the information you'll need.

Check out how hostels can help you get a job with our job seeker packages.

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