another reason to choose Canada.

IEC visa exemption

All of Camp Canada's international staff members are visa exempt. This means that you can work in Canada this summer, with just a work permit.

Avoid embassy appointments and confusing paperwork- Camp Canada's team will take care of (almost) everything.

If you're accepted onto the program, you're guaranteed a job at Camp Canada, which will make the work permit process a breeze.

What's the difference between a Camp Canada work permit & the IEC?

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.

Your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) are taken at the border, so you don't need to travel to a Visa Application Centre. You also 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.

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 IEC until you're ready, so you can get the most out of it. There is also the possibility to extend your stay and explore Canada for up to 6 months after your work permit expires- ask a Camp Canada team member!

If you have a current IEC, you're eligible for the Camp Canada program too! We'll set you up with a job, and you'll have a good head start on the next 2 years. You'll also receive a $100 discount towards your program fee.

Go back 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

Arriving and working in Canada:
  • Electronic Travel Authorization: This allows you to land at a Canadian airport as a short-term visitor. It costs $7 CAD, and you can apply for this online anytime before your flight.

  • Placement form: This is a digital copy of your employment agreement. You will able to sign it online. You will also recieve a copy to print out and present to the Immigration Officer at the airport.

  • Canadian work permit: We will help you obtain your permit upon arrival in Canada. This permit lasts for the duration of your employment contract at camp.

Other documents you will need:
  • Previous Medical History Form: You will receive this document from our team. It lets us know about your medical history, so we can make sure you're well taken care of this summer! All you need to do is print it off, bring a copy to your GP, and they can fill it in for you.

  • Police check: Find information on the background check required here.

All you need to do is bring copies of your completed documents to Canada - don't forget your passport! 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 is as easy as it gets.
  • 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: Paperwork Print out your placement form, and get your eTA. Bring these with you to Canada.

  • Step 4: Fly to Canada Upon arrival, present your paperwork to the Immigration Officer in your arrival city.

  • Step 5: Work permit You'll have your picture and fingerprints taken, and be issued a Biometric work permit. Although it happens very rarely, the Immigration Officer may charge you a fee of $155 CAD for your Work Permit.

Our team, along with our Toronto-based Certified Immigration Consultant, will help guide you through this process. You'll receive all the needed documentation via email a few weeks before your flight to Canada.

going to Canada has never been easier.