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Working Holiday Requirements

The basic requirements for Canadian Working Holiday Programs differ from country to country. The Canadian Working Holiday Program tends to be administered by the High Commission or Consulate office of the country of the passport holder's origin.

It must be noted that Canada has reciprocal Working Holiday Programs with a limited number of countries.

In general, the requirements are as follows:

Age Requirement

Other Eligibility Requirements

Validity / Timing

Proof of Funds


Employment Issues

Entry & Re-entry

Application procedures for nationals of the following countries United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland and Denmark can be found in the Europe section of this site.

Application procedures for Australia can be found in the Australasia section.

Japanese and Korean nationals should visit the Japan and Korea section of the Canadian Visa Bureau website.

Americans should visit the American section of the Working Holiday section of this site.

Any working holiday programs for citizens of other countries would be handled by the Canadian High Commission or Embassy in that particular country.

Refer to for a list of visa offices around the world.

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