Canadian Government Programs

Canadian Government Programs

The Canadian government has developed several programs to help Canadian young people get overseas. The Government of Canada negoties the broad arrangements that allow Canadians aged 18 to 30 years old to obtain temporary work permits in other countries.

To take part in these programs, you must have a valid Canadian passport, a round-trip ticket home, and a reasonable amount of money to maintain yourself while abroad. Travel health insurance is also mandatory. Certain countries might stipulate additional conditions which you should research. All transportation, accommodation, meals, and other expenses are at your own expense.
 
The Working Holiday Program allows you to take an extended holiday abroad and to offset your expenses by working on a temporary basis—in most cases, for up to one year. Some countries accept only college/university students as participants, but most welcome non-students who meet their eligibility criteria.
 
The Student Work Abroad Program is identical to the Working Holiday Program but is open mainly to full- or part-time students. It is managed by Travel CUTS/Voyages Campus, a complany associated with the Canadian Federation of Students.
 
The Co-op Education Program is for students enrolled in a co-operative (or work-study) program. It allows you to spend up to a year abroad in a similar program, and to receive credit for it towards your diploma or degree.
 
The Young Workers’ Exchange Program is an internship program primarily for recent college or university graduates. It allows you to gain on-the-job experience in your field of formal training.