Guide to Working Vacation Visas


When it comes to finding a great place for a working vacation, Canada is one of the all-time favorites. Its attractions are many and varied – it has abundant natural resources, is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world and also one of the wealthiest. On an international scale, Canada ranks among the highest in terms of civil liberties, economic freedom, education, government transparency and quality of life.

Employment sectors

Canada’s manufacturing, mining, and service sectors have grown considerably since the early 20th century, but it is the service industries that predominate today, employing about three-quarters of the total workforce. Despite this, the country’s natural resources mean that Canada’s primary sector remains significant, particularly the logging and petroleum industries. There are also jobs in the energy business in Canada, which is one of the few countries in the world that is a net exporter of energy, including natural gas and oil. Similarly, there are jobs in agriculture as, for example, the beautiful Canadian Prairies remain one of the most important producers of canola, wheat and other grains worldwide.

In northern Canada, mining is an important part of the economy, and Canada exports aluminum, Coking Coal, gold, iron ore, lead, nickel and steel. In southern Canada, manufacturing jobs include those in the aeronautics and automobile industries.

Applying for a work visa

The basic requirements for entry into most countries are that people are in good health, are not considered legally inadmissible, and that they can demonstrate they have enough money to support their stay. Beyond this, there are a few prerequisites for a successful visa application.

  • The Canadian immigration authorities prefer applicants to have a written job offer from a company, although it is possible to apply for an open work permit when this will not apply.
  • It is important for work visa applicants to provide proof that they are qualified for the position being offered. This may take the form of academic qualifications or relevant work experience.
  • There is a fee to make an application, payable at the time this is made. This varies depending on the applicant’s country of origin and can be paid in that country’s currency, without the need to convert it to Canadian dollars.
  • Proof of identity and legal status must be established by providing specific documents, such as a passport, as well as information on date of birth, name and address.
  • Not all jobs require a work permit and it’s best to check the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for details.

Traveling to Canada

As it’s important to demonstrate that visa applicants can support themselves, proof of savings is needed as well as health insurance (so that if they become ill they will not be a financial burden). If, for any reason, there should be financial difficulties and someone finds they are running out of money while abroad, it’s a good idea to consider the banking requirements needed to transfer money and take advantage of the facilities offered by Trans-Fast. In this way, a year-long stay working in one or more of Canada’s most popular areas, such as Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal will be money-trouble free and very rewarding.


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