Jun 25, 2019

Do you have a Canadian passport? 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.

Working holidays allow you to bypass the process of trying to get sponsored by a company so you can legally work in that country. It does still require a type of visa, often called a working holiday visa. However, working holiday visas are much easier to get than regular work visas.

Watch our video as we discuss our own life-changing working holiday experiences and the list of countries that Canadians can do a working holiday in.

The Working Holiday Solution

If you don’t want to save up for years to afford long-term travel, then a working holiday is a great option for you. By participating in a working holiday, you can get a job abroad without the hassle of finding sponsorship for a work visa. In fact, you can get multiple jobs. 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. Because it’s easy to earn money while living abroad on a working holiday, you can travel abroad for longer! Countries where Canadians can do a working holiday include:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
Erika made her dream come true and moved from Vancouver to Yokohama, Japan with the help of Stepabroad. She got a job in communications for an events agency.

What kind of job can I get abroad?

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! However, there are additional factors to take into consideration.

Each country has different restrictions for the types of jobs you are allowed to work in.

Some countries allow you to work in most types of jobs, while other countries have some limitations. In some cases, there is a limit to the length of time you can work in that country. To learn about the work restrictions in your country of interest, book a call to chat with our work and travel advisors:

Typical industries that Stepabroad participants work in while working abroad include:

  • IT, software, engineering
  • Oil and gas, mining, forestry
  • Tourism and hospitality, travel
  • Marketing, sales, admin
  • Communications, arts, film
  • Customer service, food and beverage, retail
  • Education, childcare
  • Agriculture, construction, transportation
  • and many more!
Jacob and Hannah from Calgary went to Japan for a ski season and worked in the tourism industry with Stepabroad’s Ski Resort Program.

How to Get Started

After deciding where you want to work abroad, you will need to look into the working holiday visa requirements to confirm you are eligible.

You can find the requirements for the following countries below:

The remaining countries can be found through International Experience Canada.

What is 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.

Genevieve moved from Gatineau, Quebec to Chile and worked in hospitality in both the buzzing capital of Santiago and the historical island of Chiloé. Watch her experience here.

Do I have to work abroad with Stepabroad?

No, you don’t have to. Every Canadian that meets the eligibility requirements is able to do a working holiday on their own. 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 with tons of support getting their visa, job and accommodation sorted.

Our work and travel advisors assist with:

  • resume revisions & interview prep for your destination country
  • visa application document review to ensure they are correctly filled out
  • setting up a bank account abroad
  • choosing the right phone plan
  • travel and medical insurance
  • airport pick up
  • accommodation on arrival
  • fun language classes
  • welcome orientations and a chance to meet other travelers
  • exciting travel excursions
  • how to pay your taxes while abroad
  • and so much more!

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!

Our team has all worked abroad on working holidays, sometimes more than once! We know exactly the type of support Canadians need to successfully land on their feet in a new country. We take pride in providing Canadians with the opportunity to undertake the same enriching experiences that shaped our own youth, and love what we do! See for yourself in our Google Reviews.

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