Kickstart your career with a 2 year USIT Work in Canada Programme. This North American nation is world-renowned for its natural beauty, diverse culture and thriving industries, as evidenced by the large number of Irish now emigrating to Canada to further their careers.
Flights and Insurance
Guideline for flights to Toronto
Return Flights fr€366 + tax
One way Flight fr€315 + tax
1 year Work Abroad Insurance policy: €299
2 Year Work Abroad Insurance policy: €349
We offer the most comprehensive Work in Canada insurance cover including:
- 10 million Medical Cover
- Unlimited Winter Sports cover
- Very low excess only €50.
Flights subject to terms, conditions and availability.
- Deposit of €199 OFF the cost of your Flights & Insurance to Canada and get the rest free of charge!
- Reserve your seats - No need to pay in full until 6 weeks before departure. * Plus date changes available.
- Job Interview in Feb before you leave Ireland (for most sectors ie Trades, Hospitality, IT & more) 6 dates to choose from in Feb & interviews will be held by our Canadian Employer in USIT, Dublin
- Access to the USIT Canada Jobs Database (1000s of live Canadian Jobs)
- In person Visa assistance by pre-arranged appointment in Dublin to guide you through the IEC Visa stages
- Pre-departure in person Orientation in Dublin on everything to assist with your move to Canada
- Drop-in Centre in Dublin for daily assistance
- Printing and scanning services
Who can apply?
The programme is open to Irish passport holders, ages 18-35. You’ll need the equivalent of CAD2,500 to show you can support yourself upon arrival in Canada, plus the required medical insurance. Further details of eligibility requirements can be found on www.canadainternational.gc.ca.
What does USIT provide?
Participation in the Work in Canada Programme does not guarantee an IEC visa (this is allotted by the Canadian government). But USIT will walk you through the entire application process, assist you with the required paperwork and provide support ahead of your departure.
Canada Pre-Departure Centre
Created for USIT Work in Canada participants, the Canada Centre aims to make your move to Canada an easy one by providing you with all the support and back up before you travel including pre departure job interviews, orientations that cover information about all provinces and which area may suit you best, accommodation, paying taxes, health care and everything you need to know ahead of time.
- Be 18-35 years old inclusive at the time your application is received by the IEC. Your application must be received by the High Commission of Canada to the UK in London on or after your 18th birthday, and before your 36th birthday
- Be a citizen of Ireland.
- Be in possession of either a departure ticket leaving Canada at the end of your authorized period of stay or sufficient financial resources to purchase such a ticket;
- Have the equivalent of CAD $2,500 to cover the expenses at the beginning of your stay, for the first 3 months of the stay
- Medical Insurance - prior to entering Canada, insurance for medical and health care, including hospitalization and repatriation, for the entire authorized period of stay. Proof of this insurance cover must be presented to Immigration officials upon arrival in Canada.
- The above requirements may change for 2014.
For FAQs and application process information for Ireland please visit this link!
Living and Working in Canada
With its epic scenery, welcoming people – the winters may be harsh but the locals are warm and friendly – and a growing Irish community, Canada is an attractive land of contrasts, adventure and opportunity, where thousands are flocking to build their careers and enjoy the Canadian way of life.
Let USIT walk you through the process of applying for the sought-after International Exchange Canada (IEC) visa, which is allotted by lottery and, last year, gave more than 6,000 Irish citizens the chance to live and work in Canada.
Just how popular is the Work in Canada Programme? For 2014 the quota for Ireland is expected to increase to 10,000 visas so now’s the time to make the move and invest in your future.
With several key industries in Canada’s economy suffering skilled labour shortages, there’s never been a better time to relocate to this breathtakingly beautiful country.
Boasting cosmopolitan cities and friendly small towns, located throughout a vast and diverse landscape of mountains, lakes and prairies, Canada is a great fit for Irish workers of all ages. Recent graduates, young families, mid-career workers – there are plenty of opportunities in Canada for those with a taste for adventure.
Where should I live?
The Economist recently cited Canada as one of the most desirable places to live, meaning its infrastructure, crime rates and overall standard of living rate higher than most countries in the world.
Do your research to find out the best regions for your particular industry or experience and don’t just look at the big cities. Toronto and Vancouver are highly sought after for good reason – their metropolitan cultures make them exciting places to live – but you’ll also find greater competition for jobs and housing. Consider the smaller communities dotted throughout this vast country for a different kind of experience.
For example, if you are looking for career advancement in the fields of engineering, construction, energy or building consultancy, take advantage of the boom happening now in parts of rural Canada, such as Fort McMurray (the capital of Alberta’s oil industry) and the province of Saskatchewan. These regions are rich in natural resources and currently in short supply of skilled workers. Life in rural Canada is not for everyone, but those willing to work hard to gain invaluable international experience will be rewarded with excellent pay and benefits.
Calgary and Edmonton, the largest cities in Alberta, are also good choices for those working in the high-tech, energy or agriculture sectors, and offer unique settings where rural landscapes meet urban sprawl.
Elegant, French-speaking Montreal, meanwhile, is a cosmopolitan city where those with the right skills can carve out careers in the creative or IT sectors.
Project managers, drafters, electricians and engineers are just some of the jobs being advertised in Vancouver, on Canada’s Pacific Coast. You’ll find opportunities in finance and media in Canada’s largest city Toronto, on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Other Canadian cities worth considering: Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Ottawa, the nation’s capital
Applying for the Usit Work in Canada programme is not an International Experience Canada Visa application and it is your responsibility to book your place on the International Experience Canada programme and to obtain and submit all documentation, including Police Certificates directly to the International Experience Canada. Terms & Conditions apply. * Full payment 6 weeks before departure subject to deadline of June 25th , whichever date is earlier will need to be adhered to. Extension available please enquire for details. ** For those that don't fall within the above sectors you will attend a Group Recruitment session with a Canadian Recruiter who will guide you in the right direction for work in your field.