UPDATED: August 2023.
The age-old question: what countries can Canadians work in without a visa? If you want to live and work abroad from Canada, but are worried about the hassle of finding sponsorship for a work visa, it’s about time you considered taking a working holiday.
The Canadian passport is continuously rated as one of the top passports in the world because it allows you to work in over 30 countries on a working holiday. A working holiday is an extended stay in a foreign country where Canadian citizens can work without a visa from a sponsored company. It does still require a type of visa, however, working holiday visas are much easier to get than regular work visas.
The working holiday visa is great because it allows you to avoid spending years saving for long-term travel. On a working holiday you can get a job abroad without the hassle of securing work before you leave. In fact, you can get multiple jobs, giving you the freedom to live and work in different parts of the country, rather than locking you down in one location. You could work for a while in one part of the country, do a bit of traveling, then settle down and experience another part of the country. It’s easy to find work and earn money while living abroad on a working holiday, so you can also travel abroad for longer!
The types of jobs you can get abroad will depend on your skills and the amount of previous work experience you have. It’s a lot like getting a new job in Canada! We’ve had Stepabroad participants work abroad in everything from marketing and communications to engineering; tourism and hospitality to education and agriculture – to name but a few. However, there are additional factors to take into consideration.
Each country has its own set of requirements for the working holiday visa, ranging from the types of jobs available to the length of time you can work in the country. For example, the UK has very few job restrictions outside of medical, dentistry and sports; Australia has limits on the length of employment with one company, and so on. To learn about the work restrictions in your country of interest, book a call to chat with our work and travel advisors.
Great, so you’ve decided to move to a working holiday country. Now, you will need to look into the working holiday visa requirements to confirm you are eligible. Each country has different requirements, however as a general rule of thumb, you will need to be:
You can find the individual requirements for the following countries below:
The remaining countries can be found through International Experience Canada.
International Experience Canada (IEC) is a Government of Canada program that provides Canadians aged 18 to 35 with the opportunity to experience living and working abroad. They are the government entity responsible for arranging agreements with each of the above-listed countries. These agreements work like an exchange. Citizens from the participating country can come to Canada on a working holiday, and vice versa.
Stepabroad is a proud partner of the Government of Canada and has been recognized as an organization that provides support services to Canadians wanting to work abroad under International Experience Canada.
It can be tricky navigating the steps of getting your new life set up if you’ve never worked abroad before. That’s where we can help. Stepabroad’s working holiday programs provide our participants complete support getting their visa, job and accommodation (plus tons more!) sorted.
Our work and travel advisors assist with:
Each one of our programs is unique to the other. We also offer different tiers of support, meaning we can provide you just enough assistance to get started on the right track, or hold your hand through the entire experience – you choose!
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