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another reason to choose Canada.

visa exemption

Looking at Canada as your next working holiday destination? Unlike the American J1 summer program, you're exempt from a visa with Camp Canada.

That means you don't even need to visit an embassy - and you'll avoid the hassle and cost of applying for a Canadian Working Holiday Visa as well. We'll prepare all the paperwork for you and make the process of getting to Canada as simple as possible.

In place of the International Experience Canada visa, the Canadian government grants a work permit to international summer camp counselors - you just need to have a fixed-length job offer in hand. This is where Camp Canada comes in.

Work permits are more available and easier to get than the IEC.

Unlike the IEC, there is no cap to the amount of work permits the Canadian government gives out each year, or how many times you can use it. You don't need proof of funds, as you do with the IEC, which requires a minimum of $2,500 CAD in your account.

Use a work permit to see Canada now, and save your IEC until you're ready for a bigger adventure.

A popular option for international Camp Canada staff members is to spend a few summers as a counselor, and then apply for the IEC visa. That way, you don't have to use your limited-use IEC until you're ready so you can get the most out of it.

Go back to Canada with a work permit if you've already used your IEC visa.

If you've already used your IEC visa, or were unsuccessful in applying for one this year, you can still go to Canada this summer with a work permit through Camp Canada. Unlike the IEC, you can return to Canada again and again with the same work permit.

Click on the tabs below to find out what you'll need to have a great Canadian summer.

your paperwork

Applying for your work permit:

  • Once placed, we’ll get you organized for your Camp Canada work permit application, which all happens online!
  • We break the process down into understandable steps, and are ready to answer any questions that you may have in the process.
  • Biometrics: for the 2021 season, you’ll need to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) in-person, at a Canadian visa application centre.
  • Once approved, you’ll receive a confirmation letter which you’ll use to get your actual work permit when you arrive into Canada

Arriving into Canada:

You’ll need your passport, a copy of your work permit confirmation letter and a few supporting documents about your job at camp that we’ll send you - the rest is easy! Your work permit will be printed and attached to your passport when you land.

Having all your documents organized beforehand makes the whole process go as smooth as possible.

what does the process look like?

Camp Canada's work permit application process made easy with our extensive support.

  • Step 1: Program acceptance Congrats! You nailed your interview, and you're accepted to Camp Canada. We'll now work to place you at a camp that is a great fit for you.
  • Step 2: Job offer In order to be exempt from the IEC visa, you'll need to have a job offer in hand. We guarantee you a job if you're accepted to the program.
  • Step 3: Application With our support you'll gather documents, complete your work permit application online, and sit back while it processes.
  • Step 4: Biometrics Once invited to do so, you’ll go to a visa application centre to give your biometric information (fingerprints and photo).
  • Step 5: Fly to Canada Once your work permit is approved, you’re able to fly! When you land, you’ll present your confirmation letter to the Immigration Officer in your arrival city.
  • *Step 6: Work Permit Success! *You'll have your fresh new work permit in your passport and you’re ready to start your job at camp! Woo hoo!

Your Community Success Representative, along with our Toronto-based Certified Immigration Consultant and work permit support team, will help guide you through every step of the way. It can be overwhelming to take on any immigration process - just remember, by choosing Camp Canada, you’re never alone and you always have someone to ask any questions to!

going to Canada has never been easier.