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What is IEC Working Holiday Visa in Canada program?

It provides temporary work permits to young people from over 30 countries, so they can legally live and get a job in Canada. The permits are valid for either 12 or 24 months, depending on your country of citizenship.

Eligibility

To participate:

  • your country of citizenship must have an agreement with Canada that allows you to apply for an IEC work permit, or
  • you may be able to use a Recognized Organization.

The International Experience Canada (IEC / Work Visa Canada / Working Holiday) program is an incredible opportunity to travel and work for young adults from certain countries, who are between the ages of 18 and 35.

If you are an IEC participant, you have the unique opportunity of exploring this beautiful country, its nature, its culture and its people, who have come here from all over the world!

IEC / Working Holiday Travel Insurance: Requirements

The International Experience Canada program requires its participants to have proof of their IEC / Working Holiday Travel Insurance in order to ensure their financial safety from unforeseen medical emergencies that may happen during the trip.

IEC / Working Holiday travel insurance MUST:

  • Be valid for the whole duration of your intended stay
  • Cover medical care, hospitalization and repatriation
  • Be valid for each entry to Canada
  • Be available for review by a POE officer at the Canadian border

IEC / Working Holiday Travel Insurance: 2 Year Coverage

International Experience Canada participants have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy staying in Canada for up 2 years without renewing their status.

Insurance coverage for the 2-year Canadian IEC Work Visa consists of 2 policies for 365 days of consecutive coverage each, which gives you a greater flexibility with your insurance in case your travel plans change!

Find out more about the 2 year insurance package using the button below and take advantage of our IEC / Working Holiday Insurance Calculator to browse your options and get a free quote today!

FAQ

  • Who needs IEC / Working Holiday travel medical insurance?
    • Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 who have applied for the IEC / Working Holiday program have to purchase travel emergency insurance before coming to Canada, as a POE officer may request proof of your medical coverage.

      If you are uninsured, you may be denied entry to Canada until you purchase an International Experience Canada travel/working insurance policy. Moreover, if you decide to skip out on purchasing appropriate coverage, you are potentially exposing yourself to a great risk as medical costs in Canada can easily run up to several thousands of dollars just for a single day in the hospital.

  • Does Canadian medical insurance satisfy all the requirements set by International Experience Canada?
    • Yes. Each IEC / Working Holiday insurance plan we offer provides the required coverage for hospitalization, medical care and repatriation as well as much more!
  • Is it better to purchase IEC / Working Holiday medical coverage from a Canadian insurance company?
    • Absolutely. With a health insurance policy from a Canadian provider it is much easier to file a claim, receive comprehensive sports coverage, as well as have direct billing. With this you do not have to pay for medical assistance yourself and get reimbursed later; rather, there are local branches of the company where you can meet a representative.
  • Do IEC / Working Holiday participants have the right to obtain government health insurance?
    • No, that is why it is very important that IEC visitors purchase appropriate travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Canada. Moreover, IEC / Working Holiday participants who are about to get their Canadian Work Visa, are not covered by government health insurance plans. This is why, it is a key requirement to purchase travel insurance for a Working Visa in Canada for the whole duration of your stay in Canada.

      However, IEC / Working Holiday participants can become eligible for provincial healthcare if he/she is employed. Please note that eligibility requirements vary depending on the Health Ministry within the Canadian province or territory of your temporary stay.

  • Should I provide my home country address for an IEC insurance policy or my Canadian address?
    • When shopping for health insurance for Working Holiday Visa Canada, you should include a Canadian street address in the application. If you do not have one, you may enter the address of a hostel or a friend/family member you are going to stay with.

      In case you have not yet decided where to stay, just contact one of our insurance advisors and we will work something out.

  • As an IEC participant, do I have to purchase an insurance policy for the whole duration of my stay even if it is 2 years?
    • Yes, it is a requirement to be covered for the whole duration of your intended stay in Canada.

  • Are Sports and Occupational injuries covered by these insurance policies?
    • Yes, all Canada Working Holiday Visa medical insurance plans that we offer cover occupational and sports injuries including winter ones such as ski and snowboard, etc. as long as it is not competitive. Please note that high-risk recreational activities such as scuba diving, bungee jumping, rock climbing, etc. are not covered.

  • Does my IEC / Working Holiday medical insurance cover trips outside Canada?
    • Yes, you will be covered by this policy anywhere around the globe as long as you are not in your home country or any other country or territory, where you may be eligible for a government healthcare plan.
      In order to maintain this benefit, you must remain in Canada for a little over 50% or 75% of the policy period, depending on your chosen insurance policy.