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Working Holiday in Canada

4.9(2996 reviews)
Experience
Working Holiday
Destination
Canada
Duration
4 to 24 months
Ages
18 to 35

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Trip overview

Whistler. Banff. Lake Louise. Sun Peaks. Jasper. Just a few dreamy locations that should be on every traveller's list.

Get ready for the ultimate playground for adventure and a visual feast for your eyes. From glimmering powder-packed mountains and tourquoise freshwater lakes, to incredible wildlife and four unique seasons. And the only way to truly experience it all is by going on a working holiday.

But venturing into the unknown can be a daunting, lonely and costly endeavour, even for the most seasoned traveller. And although you technically could give it a go on your own, it will often lead to a lot more headache, anxiety, cost & even failure. Why bother? That's why over 75,000 travellers before you have chosen to go with us, the world’s leaders in working holidays since 2008. And just like them, you could:

  • Have your Canadian job sorted before you even arrive* – year-round & all-done virtually from home (with no job fairs to travel to, unlike our competitors).
  • Land a job almost anywhere, from summer & winter ski resorts to lakeside lodges, with the largest network of partner companies loaded with perks like free or discounted ski passes & lessons, staff accommodation, food & beverage & more!
  • Meet others before you go through our exclusive app. Join Global Traveller side-trips & meet-up events too.
  • Save time, money, and stress with your own dedicated Trip Coordinator & 24/7 support.
  • Get help with flights, travel insurance, accommodation, visa applications & more.

Don’t spend 4+ weeks job hunting in a foreign country alone with no income. Travel smart, prepared and hassle-free. 

Most travellers book 6-12 months ahead, dates are flexible, but spaces are strictly limited, so start planning today!

Looking for even more? Check out our other Working Holiday in Canada (Plus) trip, which includes unlimited job matches, epic side tours & even more support.

Inclusions

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Guaranteed Job Match Pre-Arrival*
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Working holiday visa guidance
Pre-Departure Guide
Personal Travel Concierge
Private airport transfer
3 nights of hostel accommodation
“Welcome to Canada” group orientation
Local life essentials
Vancouver sightseeing tour
Vancouver Lookout pass
Permanent accommodation resources
Ongoing local team support
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Tax return assistance
gWorld access
SocialNEW
Global AcademyNEW
Invites to Global GetawaysNEW
Marketplace dealsNEW
$250 off your next trip

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more

Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-35 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Meet your very first travel buddy, gWorld

Trip details

A Working Holiday should be nothing short of fun, exciting and the adventure of a lifetime. Stressful? Hard? We don’t believe in that. That’s why we have designed our Working Holiday trips to help you secure a local full-time job in a great location, often with some amazing perks, right from the get-go and before you land. And here is how we do it:

After completing your quick & easy registration (by clicking the red ‘Check dates’ button) you’ll be given access to gWorld - your very first, and very cool, digital travel buddy & app.

This will enable you to get your adventure started off right. You can plan your trip, get exclusive deals, access over a dozen courses from language basics to bar work & customer service 101, and even make some new travel buddies on our exclusive social network.

On the human side of things, you will be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They will guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions, even those ‘better be safe than sorry’ questions the ‘rents might have. 

They’ll also help you with pesky visas. No guesswork – only the right paperwork in your hands, before you leave. These applications are often a one-shot deal, so not something you want to screw up. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

And of course, your guaranteed job match, that almost always happens before your arrival. This means you can jump on the plane feeling confident and excited, rather than nervous and worried about how long that travel budget will last (like most people winging it are doing right now!)

Once you arrive to Vancouver, there will be a private driver waiting to take you to your city-centre accommodation. This means no getting ripped off by taxi drivers or desperately trying to hook on to that airport WIFI to figure out where you’re going or cramming into public transport underneath someone’s smelly armpit. 

Your included accommodation is 3 nights at the best hostel in downtown Vancouver. And being downtown means you're within a short walk to some super funky bars, breweries and beaches. You’ll meet other Global Travellers while you relax and settle in, then shake off the jet lag with a night out on the town.

During these first few days you’ll be heading out on some awesome tours, bound to make all your friends and family back home jealous. First up, a hop-on, hop-off Vancouver sightseeing tour – the very best way to see the highlights of the city in just one day, and getting off & back on wherever you please to look around (or maybe even to start a pub crawl with other Global Travellers you met through our app). 

Next, a Vancouver Lookout pass where you'll head up to one of the city's tallest towers for the ultimate bird's-eye view of the city and surrounding mountains.

We’ll also help with all your local life essentials, including:

- A local SIM card with data and unlimited call & SMS credit for your first month, so you can stay in touch with your new friends and employer, get an Uber late at night, or send messages back home. 

- Your Canadian bank account. Exchange rates? Withdrawal fees? Forget about it. With a local bank account you’ll earn - and spend - in the local currency, saving you money and hassle in the process.

- Help getting your Social Insurance Number which you need to legally work in Canada. This can be a long, tedious process. Our local team will help you with the tips and tricks on how to get this done as easily & fast as possible. Another reason why having our local Global team on your side makes your life easier, and paycheck-ready faster. 

Speaking of paychecks. Finding a job on a Working Holiday is one of your main challenges. You’re competing with a bunch of travellers on the same mission as you. Plus – not all businesses will even hire a traveller.

We build & maintain relationships with a huge network of pre-approved local businesses who will hire travellers, just like you! (Just one more reason our competitors can’t keep up)

In the rare cases we don’t find you an opportunity before you arrive, we’ll extend your initial accommodation until we do or offer a refund of your trip! (also unlike our competitors) (TCs apply, as usual). 

So that’s your job & income sorted, but what about accommodation? Most host companies provide live-in accommodation (which is an amazing perk and usually given to those who get in early enough), but if yours doesn’t our in-country team will provide you with all the guidance & support to find a safe, comfortable and affordable place to live. (In fact, you may even find your new flat-mate in our social network)

Our support doesn’t stop there either. We’ll be in touch during your trip to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns we’re one quick message, DM, email, or carrier pigeon away. 

When your trip eventually does come to an end, we’ll get your tax return organised through a partner to ensure you get the most back you’re entitled to, meaning this experience becomes even cheaper!

And if there’s an emergency, you can use our 24/7 Global Emergency Line for anything urgent, any single day of the year.

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. 

Word to the wise traveller - those who get started early (6-12+ months in advance) not only have something to look forward to, they usually get matched with the best job opportunities in the best locations. 

The first step can be the hardest, but we make sure every step after that is easy. So stop dreaming, start doing, and let’s turn your Canadian Working Holiday dream into reality.

Did you know we have another working holiday trip to Canada? Our Working Holiday in Canada (Plus) trip includes unlimited job matches for the entire length of your working visa, plus more.

Requirements

To qualify for this trip you must meet the visa requirements, and have 6 months of paid work experience by time of arrival.

What extra costs will I have?

Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you've touched down at Vancouver Airport, your private driver will meet you outside. They'll take you into downtown Vancouver to your initial accommodation at a top-rated hostel in the heart of the city. You'll be within walking distance to all of Vancouver's hot spots, including our Vancouver office! Relax, make some new friends and settle in!

Day 2

Head to our Vancouver office for your orientation and set up your bank account and Social Insurance Number so you’re all ready to start working. Our team will also give you a SIM card, loaded with 25GB of data, suitable for wherever you’ll be in Canada. Get the chance to meet the crew and a heap of other Global Travellers when you drop in!

Day 3

Today’s the day you get the proper Canadian welcome experience! We’ll give you your pass for the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour aboard an open-top bus with live commentary, so you can check out Vancouver’s best spots and get a real feel for the city. Next up (and up high!) you'll get a pass for the Vancouver Lookout to capture a bird's-eye view of the city, surrounding mountains and sea. Go solo, or with your new Global travel buddies you met during your orientation or Global Social, it’s entirely up to you!

Day 4

After you’ve had your 3 nights stay in Vancouver, it’s generally time to move on to where your new workplace is. If permanent accommodation isn’t provided with your job opportunity, our team can help you with the resources and advice to find the perfect home. Your Arrival Coordinator can also help with finding transportation arrangements to your new location!

Ongoing

After successfully completing your first 6 months as a Canadian local, you might want to experience a whole new location, job or just take off and go travelling!  We’ll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our Canadian team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Remember, you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters. Make use of our epic Vancouver office as much as you can, whether it be to hop on some WiFi whenever you need or catching up with our friendly crew over a coffee or beer. Call up and book an appointment! Stay connected with Social, where you can reach out to your Community Manager, stay updated with events happening in the country and chat with Global Travellers near you. You will also be invited to traveller meet-ups and exclusive Global Getaways, giving you access to short bucket-list side trips to awesome locations so you can continue to make new friends and see the world together. We’ve also partnered with a company that specialises in tax returns for working holidaymakers so you can easily lodge this online and return home with a little extra cash in your pocket! Get in touch with our team for more information about this.  Did you know we have another working holiday trip to Canada? With more inclusions, side trips and support, check out our Working Holiday in Canada (Plus) trip.

Working Holiday jobs & locations in Canada

Land an entry to mid-level job in Canada which will be fun and social, so you can make friends, learn new skills and have the freedom to explore new places. Located all across the country, here’s a list of the industries most of our Canadian Partner Organisations are in, and where you can expect to find yourself being matched with too!

  • Hospitality, like bars, restaurants & cafés
  • Tourism, like ziplining & golfing
  • Ski Resorts, winter & summer
  • Summer Resorts
  • Summer Camps
  • Hotels & Lodges
  • Labour & Construction
  • Sales & Promotions
  • + More

From seaside towns on the east coast to world-renowned Canadian ski resorts in the west and bustling cities in between, we’ve got connections to host companies dotted all over Canada, so you could find yourself working in any of these destinations. 

  • Vancouver
  • Whistler
  • Sun Peaks
  • Tofino
  • Revelstoke
  • Fernie
  • Calgary
  • Lake Louise
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Toronto
  • + More

Reviews

Jordan R
Was absolutely amazing!!!!!
Savannah W
Amazing! Lois was so kind and helpful, she answered every question I had and helped put my mind at ease while getting me even more excited for this adventure! She genuinely went above and beyond, I couldn’t be happier!
Cheyenne B
Very pleased with my experience with Global work & travel, very friendly and super helpful with my trip planning I don’t think I could’ve done it all on my own.
Luke H
Top tier service! Would travel with them again. They have been very helpful with my flight and living conditions. The people on the phone have been very patient and my meeting at the Global headquarters went very smoothly. Can't say enough good things about this travel agency.
Abbey H
Absolutely amazing!! Could not fault 👏🏻

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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we provide a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide. We assist with visas, pre-departure, flights, insurance, and tours. Our cool tech features support you throughout the journey. As a Global Traveller, access gWorld, our personalized app. Keep important documents and trip details handy. Enjoy exclusive Marketplace deals, a social network, language learning, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like all your favorite apps merged into one, but better! Our support doesn't stop there. With a 24/7 emergency team, 90+ staff, and ongoing assistance, we ensure you feel like a local. Join the 80,000+ Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us. We proudly boast the most & best reviews in the biz!

Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

How does accommodation work?

When it comes to accommodation, we have some great options available for you. Many of our partner organisations offer staff accommodation as a fantastic perk. This usually entails a shared apartment or house with other like-minded travelers, conveniently located near your job. The best part is that these accommodations are often available at a subsidised rate, allowing you to save more toward side trips and fun! In the event that staff accommodation is not included with your job match, don't worry. Your Arrival Coordinator will be there to provide you with valuable resources and helpful tips on finding a suitable place to stay.

What's the difference between your standard Working Holiday and Plus?

The Standard and Plus Working Holiday trips offer similar features, such as our comprehensive job matching process. However, there are a couple key differences between the two: Standard: With the Standard trip, you will receive a guaranteed job match prior to your arrival*. Plus: The Plus trip includes a guaranteed job match prior to your arrival*, just like the Standard trip. In addition, it offers the unique benefit of unlimited extra job matches throughout the entire duration of your visa. Along with this, the Plus trip also provides additional tours and a side trip to enhance your experience. If you are planning to stay longer than 4-6+ months and would like ongoing job support, allowing you the flexibility to work, save, travel, and then find a new job in a different part of the country, the Plus option is best suited for you. It provides the opportunity for continuous exploration and variety during your working holiday. No need to make a decision right away on which option to choose. If you initially book the Standard trip, you can always upgrade to the Plus trip after getting registered and connecting with your dedicated Trip Coordinator.

Do I get to choose where I work?

While we strive to take your preferences into account, it's important to note that we are not a recruitment agency. Therefore, we cannot guarantee job matches in specific professions, fields, or locations. As a foreign worker on a temporary visa, it can be challenging to compete with locals for more specialised positions. Employers often prioritise candidates they can train and retain in the long term, rather than taking a risk on someone who may leave in a year or two, or less. However, the full-time jobs we help organise on your working holiday will offer a fantastic experience. They will be enjoyable and social, allowing you to make new friends, acquire new skills, and have the freedom to explore exciting new places. Our aim is to provide you with an amazing working holiday experience, where you can embrace adventure and create unforgettable memories.

What is a job match, does this mean a guaranteed job?

A job match is a seamless process designed to help you secure a suitable job opportunity. Here's how it works: First, we arrange an interview for you, taking into consideration your preferences whenever possible. The interviews are typically conducted virtually over platforms like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime, making it convenient for you to participate from the comfort of your home before you embark on your trip. The key to a successful job match is simple: attend the interview on time and approach it just like any other professional interview. By demonstrating professionalism and enthusiasm, you'll increase your chances of securing a job offer without any complications. Our team strives to ensure a smooth and efficient experience throughout the entire process. We are committed to finding the right opportunity for you and guiding you through each and every step of the job matching process to ensure success.

Will I have any free time to travel?

Absolutely! While the jobs we help you land are full-time, they often come with flexibility that will allow you to take time off for side trips, exploring, and fun. We understand the importance of travel experiences, and our aim is to provide opportunities that balance work and leisure. While the level of flexibility can vary based on the specific job and employer, we strive to match you with positions that provide allowances or arrangements for time off. This way, you can plan and enjoy additional adventures before, during, or after your work placement!

What job opportunities do you offer?

Ever since our inception in 2008, we have been dedicated to providing exceptional full-time job opportunities to our travellers. We take pride in having built the largest network of partner organisations across the country, all vetted and perfectly suited to host a working holidayer. One of the greatest advantages of going Global is that we streamline the entire process for you, meaning, you won't need to go through the hassle of attending job fairs (like our competitors make you do) or spending countless hours job hunting. We take care of the hard work by understanding your job and location preferences, then connect you with one of our awesome partner organisations. We then ensure you are well-prepared for the interview, to help you land a job before you leave home*. To explore all the amazing options available, we invite you to check out our Working Holiday jobs & locations section located above.

Why do a working holiday?

The benefits of doing a Working Holiday trip are numerous. It offers you the opportunity to experience a new country, immerse yourself in a different culture, gain international work experience, develop new skills, make lifelong connections, and create unforgettable memories. It is a chance to combine travel and work while exploring a new destination.

What support is provided by Global Work & Travel during my Working Holiday trip?

We provide comprehensive support throughout your Working Holiday trip, from the initial planning stages until your return home. Our team is available to assist you with visa applications, job placements, accommodation options, and ongoing support from our worldwide offices while you are overseas, including a 24/7 emergency line. We also provide pre-departure guidance and resources to help you prepare for your adventure.

Will I earn enough to support myself?

Absolutely! While the earning potential may vary based on your destination and job type, the full-time income you'll receive is more than sufficient to support you comfortably while abroad. It can cover all your living expenses, accommodation, transportation, and even allows for savings to explore your new home or continue travelling afterward. Additionally, many of our partner organisations offer fantastic perks like discounted staff housing, food and beverage, ski passes, and more, helping you save money and make the most of your Working Holiday experience.

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

How it works

1. Choose a trip style

Find your dream experience & destination, then secure your spot with a flexible & low deposit. Activate your gWorld to unlock some cool perks. Well done! The hardest part’s over!

2. We become friends

Book a time to meet your dedicated Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs of your trip. They’ll be by your side and working behind-the-scenes to pull everything together.

3. Time to go!

We’ll get your tickets, accommodation & transfers ready. Our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared & waiting for your arrival. Get on the plane with no worries!

4. 24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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We're the experts

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Partner network

We have over 1,200 partners around the globe, so we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.

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