Working Abroad

Pay your way and get work experience by working while travelling. Canada has formal agreements with many countries to allow youth to work there temporarily. Those countries include:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Several non-profit development and educational organizations sponsor Canadian youth to work abroad.

The Basics:

Find out what it takes, as a Canadian, to set-up a work term abroad. Be aware that, depending on the country involved, you may need to:

  • Pay for your own travel, food and accommodation;
  • Find your own job in the country that you visit;
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Hold a valid passport;
  • Get a work visa from the country that you want to visit;
  • Prove that you have money to support yourself and/or a return travel ticket, plus medical and/or liability insurance;
  • Prove that you have no criminal record;
  • Be a student or recent graduate;
  • Report your location to authorities;
  • Pay a fee to obtain a work visa.

Keep in mind that the age of eligibility, length of time of the visa, and ability to renew the visa will also vary from country to country. For more details, visit the Web sites below.

Helpful Web Sites:

  • Learn about working holidays, student work abroad programs, international co-op placements and young professional / young worker opportunities through Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s International Youth Programs Web site. The site includes links to contacts for each participating country, some youth mobility agreements and links to organizations that sponsor youth to work abroad.
  • Prepare yourself to work abroad with Working Abroad: Unravelling the maze, a guide from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada that contains information on finding a job in another country, evaluating job offers, getting proper documents, insurance, health, vaccinations, housing, money and many other topics.