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International Experience Canada for citizens of Ireland - Travel and Work in Canada

Make your working holiday dream a reality! International Experience Canada gives you the information you need to Travel and Work in Canada for up to two years.


The 2015 IEC season will not open before January 2015. Be assured that opening information will be posted on the IEC website as it becomes available. We ask that eligible participants from IEC countries and Canadian employers refrain from contacting the IEC team as it will not have any information available before it appears on the IEC website. Please continue to check the IEC website for updates and any details on the 2015 opening.

If you wish to explore other options for coming to Canada, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.

Changes to International Experience Canada starting 2014

In 2014, the IEC initiative with Ireland will have three categories:

Irish citizens can participate in IEC once for up to 24 months in either the Working Holiday or Young Professionals category; and for those who are eligible, an additional one-time participation for up to 12 months in the International Coop (Internship) category. The combined duration of your participations cannot be more than 36 months. You can choose the order of your participations.

10,700 places available in 2014!

  • Young Professional: 2,500
  • International Coop (Internship): 500    
  • Working Holiday: 7,700 

If you have a job offer in Canada, apply to the Young Professionals category!

Opening Dates

  • Young Professionals:       OPEN
    • March 11th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Dublin time (16:00 Ottawa time)
  • Working Holiday        OPEN
    • Round 1: March 13th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Dublin time (16:00 Ottawa time)
    • Round 2: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. Dublin time (16:00 Ottawa time)
  • International Coop (Internship):    CLOSED

To start your IEC application, consult the Application Step-by-Step Guide.

If a round closes before you had time to submit your IEC application through your Kompass account, you will be able to apply in the next round.  

Please note that no third party organization/vendor can guarantee you a spot in the IEC initiative.

We hope to welcome you to Canada soon!

Photo Credits:
Ski in British Columbia: Canadian Tourism Commission
Explore Canada’s Parks: New Brunswick Department of Tourism and Parks
Work and travel in Vancouver: British Columbia: Canadian Tourism Commission
Northern Lights in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: Canadian Tourism Commission


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