Working Holiday

Our Working Holiday Programs allow you to leave sooner, travel longer and meet awesome people along the way — all while getting paid for it!

Why do a Working Holiday

Working holidays give Canadians the unique opportunity to experience living like a local in a foreign country. The work permit that allows you to stay longer than a tourist, called a Working Holiday Visa, also gives you permission to get a job. This helps you to fund your trip and travel for longer!

Forget draining your savings like you would on a backpacking trip. Working during your trip helps you pay for your rent, food and travel adventures! This also means you can leave for your trip sooner because you will be making money as soon as you start working – no need to save for an extended period of unemployment. This opportunity is limited to Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 – so do it while you still can!

Stepabroad provides Canadians with personalized support and helpful resources for a safe, seamless, and fun transition abroad.

Working Holiday Destinations

Year-round

1 - 36 months

From C$299

Australia

Beaches for days, friendly culture, relaxed vibes and jaw-dropping scenery? There's nowhere like Australia. Travel securely knowing that you will have a team by your side to help you find a job and accommodation.

Year-round

1 - 12 months

From C$399

Japan

Japan offers a mesmerizing blend of ancient tradition and modern technology, awe-inspiring landscapes, delicious food, and friendly people. There is so much to experience you really do need a year to soak it all in.

Year-round

1 - 23 months

From C$299

New Zealand

Live in a place where you can learn to surf one weekend and hike a volcano the next. With exhilarating adventure activities, breathtaking landscapes, and easy-going vibes, New Zealand is a remarkable place to call home.

Year-round

1 - 24 months

From C$399

United Kingdom

Energetic cities, outstanding festivals, fairy-tale castles, vibrant culture and the arts. What’s not to love? Choose to live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland (or all four!), and spend casual weekends exploring the rest of Europe.

Year-round

1 - 24 months

From C$499

Spain

Spain: land of the bright, bold, and extremely delicious. Famous for welcoming people, exceptional weather, and incredible cuisine, Spain is a dream destination for any Canadian looking for a culturally immersive work abroad experience.

The Working Holiday Visa for Canadians

The Canadian Government has an agreement with over 30 different countries allowing Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35 years old (depending on the country) to live and work abroad. This agreement is run through the Government’s International Experience Canada (IEC) Program. Similarly, this agreement also allows international IEC participants to move to Canada from their home country on a working holiday (arranged by our inbound department Stepwest).

We are a Recognised Organisation (RO) by the Government of Canada through its International Experience Canada Program, so we know exactly how the visa application process works. Our team has also travelled the world on working holidays, and we are passionate about helping you experience those life-changing moments that come from living abroad. Curious? Ask us about our own experiences!

Want to Learn More?

Check out our individual destination pages for more details on our Working Holiday Programs. Alternatively, get in touch to talk to one of our travel advisors and let’s start planning the adventure of a lifetime!

FAQs

Who Can Apply for a Working Holiday?

Canadian citizens across Canada that are between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusively are eligible to apply to our Working Holiday Programs.

Do I have to be in Vancouver to Apply with Stepabroad?

Nope! Our participants reside across Canada from coast to coast. All of our services are conducted online via email and video call. We also use WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and video calls for check-ins and to answer quick questions from our participants. If you do live in Vancouver, or happen to be passing through, you are welcome to pop into our office, we’d love to meet you!

Do I have to be a Student to Apply for a Working Holiday?

No, you do not have to be a student to participate in any of our programs. Our programs are for all Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35, no matter if you are working, studying or doing both!

How Long Is A Working Holiday?

This is completely up to you! We typically recommend going on a working holiday for at least three months and up to three years (depending on the destination) to make the most of your time living, working and traveling in your destination country. You only get one Working Holiday Visa for each country, so it’s worth it to make the most of it!

Can You Guarantee Me A Working Holiday Job?

This depends. In some of our programs, we will arrange your job before you leave Canada so you arrive with a job guaranteed. In other programs, we will help you in your job search after you have landed in your destination country. Let us know how much support you are looking for and we will recommend the right program for you!

What Countries Can Canadians Move to on a Working Holiday?

We currently offer Working Holiday Programs for Canadians in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and Spain. Check out the full list of countries offering the Working Holiday Visa for Canadians.

What are the Working Holiday Visa Requirements?

Each country has a different agreement with Canada, however, generally, you can expect:

  • Aged between 18 – 30 or 35 years old
  • Hold a valid Canadian passport
  • Have support funds
  • Have no dependents
  • Hold a clean criminal record

You can find the individual visa application requirement details on our Working Holiday Program pages, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Spain; as well as on our blog detailing the France Working Holiday Visa application process.