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International Experience Canada offers youth the chance to work and travel in Canada for up to 24 months


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International Experience Canada offers youth the chance to work and travel in Canada for up to 24 months. If you are a citizen of a partner country, you may be able to apply to one or more of these 3 categories


• Working Holiday

• Young Professionals

• International Co-op (Internship).

If you’re 18 to 35 (18 to 30 in some countries), come work and travel in Canada through International Experience Canada (IEC)! It’s a government program designed to help you

  • gain valuable international work experience
  • improve your language skills in English and French
  • work in Canada and fund the trip of a lifetime

If you’re a citizen of a partner country, you may be able to apply to one or more of these 3 categories.

You can apply to IEC yourself or you can use a recognized organization (RO) for support before and during your experience. ROs are Canadian-based organizations that help foreign national and Canadian youth work and travel internationally through IEC. In limited circumstances, certain ROs can help small numbers of youth from non-partner countries participate in IEC.


How many times you can participate

Some countries only allow you to participate once. Others allow you to participate twice, but in different categories. Because each country is different, it’s important that you check to see if you’re eligible to apply.

You can’t participate more times than your country allows, even if you’re issued an invitation to apply. An officer will assess your eligibility (including past participations) after you submit your application.

Your participation is only counted when you enter Canada and get your work permit.

Make sure you read and understand all the requirements before you submit an application.







Changes affecting the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream


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The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) made changes to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream.

To qualify, an applicant must have a job-offer from an Ontario employer in an eligible occupation. The changes expand the list of occupations eligible for the stream for positions located outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The newly-added occupations are:

  • NOC 14400 – Shippers and Receivers
  • NOC 14402 – Production logistics workers
  • NOC 65320 – Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations
  • NOC 74200 – Railway yard and track maintenance workers
  • NOC 74203 – Automotive and heavy truck and equipment parts installers and servicers
  • NOC 74204 – Utility maintenance workers
  • NOC 74205 – Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
  • NOC 75101 – Material handlers
  • NOC 75119 – Other trades helpers and labourers
  • NOC 75211 – Railway and motor transport labourers
  • NOC 75212 – Public works and maintenance labourers
  • NOC 85102 – Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
  • NOC 94101 – Foundry workers
  • NOC 94102 – Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters
  • NOC 94103 – Concrete, clay and stone forming operators
  • NOC 94104 – Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 94112 – Rubber processing machine operators and related workers
  • NOC 94120 – Sawmill machine operators
  • NOC 94121 – Pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators
  • NOC 94123 – Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders
  • NOC 94142 – Fish and seafood plant workers
  • NOC 94143 – Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
  • NOC 94200 – Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers
  • NOC 94202 – Assemblers and inspectors, electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing
  • NOC 94203 – Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers
  • NOC 94205 – Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing
  • NOC 94211 – Assemblers and inspectors of other wood products
  • NOC 94212 – Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
  • NOC 95100 – Labourers in mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 95101 – Labourers in metal fabrication
  • NOC 95103 – Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing
  • NOC 95104 – Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing
  • NOC 95106 – Labourers in food and beverage processing
  • NOC 95107 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing

In addition, the following occupation was added for positions located in any location in Ontario (inside and outside the Greater Toronto Area):

  • NOC 75119 – Other trades helpers and labourers

MLITSD held consultations on the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream in fall 2023 and the changes are responsive to feedback the ministry received.

The amendments came into effect on July 1st, 2024, and do not affect individuals who have already submitted an application.

The updated regulations can be found on Ontario’s e-Laws website: Ontario Regulation 422/17 (General)


The education requirements for nurses applying to the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams have been modified.


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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has made changes to the educational requirements for nurses applying to the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) streams that will make it easier for nurses to qualify for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Nurses are not required to demonstrate that they meet this education requirement if they meet both the following conditions:

  • they are registered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) in the General, Extended, or Temporary class
  • their primary NOC falls under one of the following occupations:
    • NOC 31300 – Nursing coordinators and supervisors
    • NOC 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    • NOC 31302 – Nurse practitioners
    • NOC 32101 – Licensed practical nurses

We also encourage you to review the updated regulations on Ontario’s e-Laws website:


Canada announces new pilot programs to support caregivers and Canadian families, intends to make the caregivers program permanent


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June 3, 2024—Toronto—Caregivers from abroad are invaluable to Canadian families. Their hard work makes a difference in the lives of those they care for, including children, seniors and persons with disabilities.

As the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot come to a close later this month, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced new, enhanced caregiver pilots. This will allow caregivers to continue to come to Canada, as we work toward making the caregiver pilot programs permanent.

The new pilot programs will provide home care workers with permanent residence (PR) on arrival in Canada. They will also be allowed to work for organizations that provide temporary or part-time care for people who are semi-independent or recovering from an injury or illness. This new pathway means that caregivers can more easily find proper work with reliable employers and have clear, straightforward access to permanent resident status as soon as they arrive in Canada.

Through these new pilot programs, candidates interested in working in Canada’s home care sector will be eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • attain a minimum of level 4 based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)
  • hold the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma
  • have recent and relevant work experience
  • receive an offer for a full-time home care job

These new PR on arrival pilot programs mark an important step forward in Canada’s efforts to meet the evolving home care needs of its diverse population. More information will be available before the full launch of the pilots, including full eligibility criteria and details on how to apply.


“Caregivers play a critical role in supporting Canadian families, and our programs need to reflect their invaluable contributions. As we work to implement a permanent caregivers program, these two new pilots will not only improve support for caregivers, but also provide families with the quality care they deserve.”

– The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“After hearing stories and feedback from caregivers across Canada, I am proud that we are taking concrete action to create policies to support the caregiver community. Generations of women and men have advocated for this important pathway and have cared for our families and loved ones here in Canada. Now is the time to return the care they deserve.”

– The Honourable Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business

Quick facts

  • In June 2014, there was an inventory of over 60,000 persons for the Live-in Caregiver Program. Today, less than 1% of that Live-in Caregiver Program inventory remains.

  • As part of the 2024–2026 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada will admit over 15,000 caregivers as permanent residents.

  • As of April 30, 2024, nearly 5,700 caregivers and their family members have become permanent residents since the launch of the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot in 2019.

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Foreign nationals can no longer apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) at the border.

Source  IRCC News

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June 21, 2024—Ottawa—A safe and secure flow of goods and people across the Canada–United States border is critical to North America’s economy and the close person-to-person ties that Canadians and Americans enjoy. That’s why we continue to look for ways to make it easier and faster to cross the border without compromising the integrity of our immigration system.

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that foreign nationals can no longer apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) at the border, effective immediately. This measure will help reduce what is known as “flagpoling.” Flagpoling occurs when temporary residents of Canada bypass the normal wait times involved in applying for a work or study permit online by leaving the country and then immediately re-entering to receive same-day immigration services.

Flagpoling uses significant resources at the border, taking officers away from enforcement activities, causing delays for travellers and slowing down the movement of goods. From March 1, 2023, to February 29, 2024, PGWP applicants represented about one fifth of the foreign nationals who attempted to flagpole.

The Government of Canada is taking measures to encourage applicants to apply in Canada rather than flagpole. We continue to improve processing times, and are moving toward a more integrated, modernized and centralized working environment to help speed up application processing globally.

The change announced today increases fairness amongst applicants and is another step that the Government of Canada is taking to reduce flagpoling. We’ll continue to look for ways to reduce flagpoling so our shared border with the US runs smoothly and efficiently, benefitting both our nations.


“While we continue to support and recognize the contributions of international graduates to Canada’s labour market, ‘flagpoling’ is unnecessary. The time and effort required to process applications from ‘flagpolers’ takes officers on both sides of the border away from their crucial role in protecting the safety, security and prosperity of Canadians and Americans. This measure will help prevent this practice, while maintaining the integrity of our immigration system.”

– The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Flagpoling places an undue burden on our border services officers. With this change, we’re taking a measured approach to combatting the issue and putting an even greater focus on maintaining the integrity of our shared border with the United States.”

– The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Quick facts

  • In most cases, a study permit expires 90 days after the expected completion of an international student’s study program. When an eligible graduating student applies online for a PGWP before their study permit expires, they can work full-time while they wait for approval on a work permit and receive an automated letter that can be shown to employers. When a work permit is approved, it’s mailed directly to them. 

  • Flagpoling hours were recently reduced at 12 ports of entry across Canada to allow border services officers to efficiently process the large volume of travellers in peak periods and to focus on other key priorities, including high-risk travellers and trade facilitation.

  • Other recent measures to address flagpoling have included

    • speeding up processing times for in-Canada work permit applications
    • simplifying online application forms and processes so foreign nationals can continue working while they wait for a decision on their new application
    • authorizing workers to start working for a new employer right away, rather than waiting to have their new work permit application processed before changing jobs.

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