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'Tis the Season: Volunteer in Canada Through the Working Holiday Program

Looking to give back and make a positive impact? If you’re between the ages of 15 and 30, why not do so in one of the most picturesque and dynamic countries in the world. Canada has numerous internship and volunteer programs available to both local and international students. Volunteering in Canada will not only expand your horizons, but you will meet new people, develop your language skills and not to mention gain valuable work experience which is ideal if you have your hopes set on making it a more permanent arrangement.

If you want to work in Canada as a volunteer, you will need to apply through the IEC (International Experience Canada). The average processing time generally takes around 4 weeks, however, this depends on where you are applying from and it is therefore advised to apply well in advance (at least 12 months prior to your intended start date).

Over 50% of Canada’s 161,000 non-profit organizations rely on unpaid staff members and volunteers. Every year, approximately 12.7 million volunteers contribute about 2 billion hours to the Canadian community, and next year you could be one of them. There are currently over 75,000 diverse volunteer opportunities available to you, in areas such as sports and recreation, health and social services, arts and culture, the environment, human rights, international development, social justice and more.

Are you interested in improving the lives of others as well as your own? Simply click the link below and complete our online eligibility form and let us help you make a difference to those in need or keep reading to find out how you can pay it forward in one of the most multicultural and welcoming nations in the world

Pay It Forward: Volunteer in Canada

Multi-ethnic volunteers working in Canada on a working holiday

There are certain steps that must be followed in order to work in Canada as a volunteer. More than likely you will need to get a Canadian work permit, but before you can do this you will need a job offer.

Step 1: Get a job offer.

There are various organizations in Canada that need help and rely heavily on volunteers. We have listed a few websites below, that will help you to get started in your quest.


Volunteer Programs in Canada
Volunteer ProgramDescription
Earth Watch Institute
  • Help track whales off the coast of British Columbia

  • Track moose and deer in Nova Scotia

  • Monitor climate change in Churchill, Manitoba or the MacKenzie Mountains of the Northwest Territories
  • Volunteer for Peace
  • Tutor in Aboriginal communities in Canada’s Northern regions
  • WWOOF - Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms
  • Work on an organic farm
  • Volunteer Canada
  • Perfect for animal lovers looking for volunteer programs as a wildlife caretaker
  • Canada Service Corps
  • Aimed at providing meaningful volunteer service projects that will make a positive impact on the communities across Canada

  • Step 2: Get Your Biometrics.

    Before you apply, you will need to provide your biometrics, which refers to your online photo and fingerprints. You will only need to do this once every 10 years and the process can take up to 5 weeks to process. Your visa application will only be processed once your biometrics have been received so be sure not to skip this step or leave this too late.

    Step: 3 Submit Your Application.

    To start your volunteer work in Canada as soon as possible, you should submit your application in a minimum of 12 months before you want to start.

    Your eligibility is based on a number of factors, such as:

    • country of citizenship;
    • country of permanent residence (where you live permanently);
    • country of residence (where you live now);
    • age;
    • language ability;
    • family members;
    • education;
    • income/net worth;
    • student status (if this applies to you);
    • job offer (if this applies to you).

    If your application to work in Canada as a volunteer is successful you will receive an invitation to apply for a work permit and will be requested to pay your application fees.

    How We Can Help You Make a Difference

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    By using a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), the immigration application process will be effortless but you are more likely to be successful in your application. Visas are often rejected due to insufficient documentation, misrepresentation and forms that are completed incorrectly, to name a few. This is why using an RCIC is so important. When you use our services you can rest assured that your application and documents will be verified and submitted as per the government’s regulations. The Canadian government is also more likely to approve your application if they know that you have gone through a certified channel. Why risk your opportunity to make a positive impact on Canada and expand your horizons?

    Simply fill out our eligibility form to receive your assessment today and take the next step towards achieving your Canadian dream.

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