Information on COVID-19 and Immigration to Canada

If you are keen on working in Canada, you can discover various options, such as a Canada Working Holiday Visa (WHV) or a temporary work permit. Besides, once you get Canadian work experience, you will make your way to Canadian permanent residence. First, however, you need to figure out the most straightforward option. To help you with this task, let’s get down to the point. So which to choose?


Similarities between the Canada Working Holiday Visa and Temporary Work Permit

There’re only a couple of similarities between both types of work visas. The most obvious one is that these are temporary.

Canada’s Working Holiday Visa is valid for one or two years, depending on your country of citizenship. Generally speaking, a temporary work permit may be valid for one-two years also. Yet work permits under agreements, such as NAFTA, GATS, CETA, Intra-Company Transfers could be issued for a longer period.

To qualify for a temporary work permit, a foreigner must secure a job offer from a Canadian employer with an LMIA. Typically, this requirement doesn't apply to a Working Holiday Visa. Still, for the 2021 International Experience Canada (IEC) season, the WHV applicants need a job offer before they can obtain an invitation. This is a temporary regulation due to COVID-19.


Differences between the Working Holiday Visa and Temporary Work Permit

Differing features of the two types of visas are prevalent than the similarities mentioned earlier. To provide a clear picture, here is the breakdown of distinctions between a Canada Working Holiday Visa and a temporary work permit.

Working Holiday Visa

Temporary Work Permit

Bound to age 18-35

Not limited to a particular age

Bound to certain countries (35 participated countries)

Any country unless a work permit is processed under one of the bilateral agreements.

No job offer requirement

A job offer and LMIA requirement

You must move to Canada and start working in a skilled occupation before your spouse or partner can follow you.

Your spouse or dependent children can accompany you.

You can work for any employer in Canada and live anywhere in Canada.

A temporary work permit is usually employer-specific.

You can work for more than one employer.

You can work only for one employer.


Working Holiday Visa Cons

The apparent cons of a Working Holiday Visa are limit to the age and the countries participating in the agreement with Canada. However, the visa is a perfect fit for young people who want to travel and at the same time have permission to work for a Canadian employer.

Other disadvantages are instead based on personal experience from people who used to be in Canada on a Working Holiday Visa.

Some complained about long and cold winters. For example, unlike traveling across Australia or the UK on a Working Holiday Visa, you should consider brutal winters and be ready to carry with you lots of luggage. However, cold weathers vary depending on the province. 

Accommodation might be an issue than in other countries. For example, one of our customers shared that it's common for Canadian businesses to be short of staff because people have difficulties finding a place to stay, especially if they are looking for a low-cost deal. Besides, some regulations don't allow you to live/rent in specific locations if you are not employed there. But, in our view, these are hardships at first sight that can be easily overcome with intentional preparation.


Working Holiday Visa Pros

Approved candidates for a WHV receive an open work permit. Contrary to a conventional temporary work permit, it isn't restricted to Canada's specific employer or location. In reality, it is the only program under the International Experience Canada exempt from this requirement. For instance, the other two programs, Young Professionals and International Co-op require that the foreign youth have a signed employment offer. So with the open work permit, you can go anywhere in Canada and work in any occupation and any employer you want.

If you are a fan of nature, Canada is a country that boasts mountains, ski resorts, lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, and gorgeous fall colors. Moreover, when it boils down to people, Canadians are generally very friendly. It isn't only about saying "hi" but helping you out in any situation as well. Finally, when traveling and living in Canada, you can be sure that you are in a safe country with the lowest crime rate, whether climbing mountains or hiking forests.


Benefits of work permit options for immigrating to Canada

If you seek to relocate to Canada permanently, coming to the country under a Working Holiday Visa or any other work permit category will give you invaluable Canadian work experience. It will increase your eligibility for many Canadian immigration streams.

As a skilled worker, you can apply for permanent residence programs under the Express Entry system: The Federal Skilled Worker, the Federal Skilled Trades, and the Canadian Experience Class. Further, there are also Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) and Quebec Immigration Programs

To determine pertinent immigration programs matching your situation, fill out our evaluation form. You can also write us to find out more about the Working Holiday Visa.