Go4Less 2 Year Canada Work Visa Programme
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Individual Service & Document Checking
Our office will give you on-going support and assistance throughout the application process to make sure your application is submitted correctly. Go4Less will check your own personal documents for Stage 2 and provide advice on how to submit your application to avoid being delayed or rejected.
Access to the 'Live' Go4Less Jobs database with thousands of jobs in Canada
On your personalised Go4Less account you will get access to a live job's database of Canadian Employers who are currently hiring.
Go4less provide you with online video guides to help you with Stage 2 of the IEC process in detail. After viewing - just email your documents to Go4Less and we will check them for you.
Canadian SIM Card
Give your new Canadian phone number to friends, family and potential employers before you travel. $10 starter credit included!
Canadian Bank Account
We provide details on how you can set-up your Canadian Bank Account with Scotia Bank. One year free day-to-day banking for newcomers to Canada.
Assistance with getting your SIN number
Be organised before you arrive with information on how to get your equivalent PPS number for working in Canada.
Advice on police certificates
Go4less will provide you with information on how to obtain a Police Certificate from Ireland and from other countries if required. You will also receive an official Go4less letter which will help you to obtain your Police Certificate.
Canadian immigration requires that you must have and maintain insurance for the entire duration of your stay in Canada. Your insurance policy must cover you for health care, hospitalisation and repatriation. Go4less offer a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers these requirements and much more. It also allows you up to 4 two week visits home during your two year stay. Our 2 year policy is only €309 or get the discounted rate of €299 if you book a flight with us!
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Make an appointment to come and talk to our friendly staff!
Go4less staff are available by phone on 01 4350000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to arrange an appointment to discuss the Canada programme or other visa options.
Am I eligible to apply for a 2 Year Canada Working Holiday Visa?
Please check the eligibility requirements:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusive on the date your application is submitted. Your application must be received on or after your 18th birthday, and before your 36th birthday.
- Be a citizen of Ireland.
- Programme is open to students & non-students
- Be holding an Irish passport that remains valid throughout your intended period of stay in Canada. When the work permit is issued on arrival in Canada, it will not be longer than the validity of the passport.
- Be in possession of a departure ticket leaving Canada at the end of your authorised period of stay or sufficient financial resources to purchase such a ticket.
- Have the equivalent of a minimum C$2,500 to help cover expenses at the beginning of your stay, for the first 3 months of the stay.
- Accept to purchase, prior to entering Canada, insurance for medical and health care, including hospitalisation and repatriation, for the entire authorised period of stay. Proof of this insurance coverage must be presented to Immigration officials upon arrival in Canada.
- Your family can come to Canada with you. However, each of your dependants (spouse/common-law partner/child/children) will have to obtain his/her own immigration status. Please see further information in our FAQ section.
- You must not have participated in the 2 Year IEC Working Holiday or Young Professional category before. If you participated in the IEC for one year prior to 2013 you may apply.
- You must pay a participation fee when prompted to do so by the International Experience Canada. The fee is currently $150 CAD.
Young Professional Category
If you have a job arranged in Canada which is related to your field of study or professional experience you may be interested in the Young Professionals visa category. Places are currently available for this programme, please contact Go4less to discuss this.
Q. Do I have to pay at the time of applying?
Yes to pay the Go4less fee you must submit credit card or laser card details at the time of registration.
Q. Will it affect my application if I have a criminal or immigration offence?
Yes this may have an effect on your application. All applicants that have an offence may be subject to extra processing and may have to submit extra documentation. Each case is taken individually and timeframes will vary.
Q. I would like to apply for the Canada Visa. Can my family come with me?
Yes, your family can come to Canada with you. However, each of your dependants (spouse/common-law partner/child/children) will have to obtain his/her own status. Please see the scenarios below.
Q. What does "accompany" mean within the framework of the Canada Visa?
Within the framework of the Canada Visa, the verb "accompany" means "to be dependent on" or "to be reliant on". On the Declaration Form, when you tick that you will not be "accompanied" to Canada, you acknowledge that no individual will be reliant on you. In other words, you declare knowing that no other individual may benefit from a status, visa or permit (i.e. work or study) based on the simple fact of going to Canada with you. In this sense, you cannot be "accompanied" to Canada as each of your dependants is responsible for obtaining his/her own status in Canada. Your dependants can go with you to Canada but each person is responsible for his/her own application and/or his/her own status (please see the explanations below).
Q. I would like to apply to the IEC initiative. May my child come with me? What will his/her status be?
Yes, your child may come to Canada with you. However, each of your dependants (spouse/common-law partner/child/children) will have to obtain his/her own status.
NOTE: If you are going to Canada under the IEC initiative, without the other parent, and your child is a minor, you must read the information provided by the Visas and Immigration Service of the Embassy of Canada in the UK carefully, you will have to prove that you are authorized to travel alone with your child.
Q. I would like to do an internship as a requirement for my studies in Ireland. Is this possible?
Yes, you can apply for the International Co-op category when available.
Q. Is it possible to enroll in courses during my stay in Canada?
Yes. However, the courses must be part-time and be considered as personal development/growth. The course cannot be part of a university degree. If you are in Canada under the IEC Working Holiday Program, you may enroll in language courses over a short period of time, i.e. less than six months.
Q. Do I need a machine readable and/or a biometric passport to enter Canada?
No, a machine readable and/or a biometric passport is not required to enter Canada.
Q. I am a citizen of Northern Ireland. Which IEC scheme should I apply to?
Citizens of Northern Ireland who hold a valid Irish passport should apply to the Ireland IEC initiative. Citizens of Northern Ireland who hold a valid U.K. passport should apply to the U.K. IEC scheme.
Q. What kinds of jobs can I do with an IEC visa? Are there restrictions on the duration of the employment contracts, the language of the workplace, the location or the number of employers I may have?
The work permit issued under the Working Holiday category is an 'open' work permit which is valid for any type of job. There are no restrictions on the duration of the contract, the language or the location. There are also no restrictions on the number of employers you work for within the 24 month period. If you wish to work in certain fields- clinical laboratory workers, patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes, teachers of primary or secondary schools or other teachers of small children, domestic work, workers who give in-home care to children/elderly/disabled persons, or day nursery workers- you will be required to have a medical examination and submit a medical report as part of your application.
Q. How long does my passport have to be valid for in order to apply?
You must hold a valid passport at the time you submit your application. If you have been accepted as a participant and you are preparing to enter Canada through IEC, the validity period of your passport should cover the whole time you plan to stay in Canada. The validity period of your work permit may not extend beyond the validity period of your passport.
Q. I am currently renewing my passport. May I submit my application with a photocopy of my previous passport and a letter stating that my passport is being renewed?
No. You must submit a scan of the appropriate pages of your new passport, otherwise your application will be considered incomplete.
Q. Do I need to have a job lined up in Canada before I apply?
Under the working holiday programme you do not need to have a job arranged before you go to Canada.
Police Certificate (Garda Clearance form)
Police certificates are needed from the Gardai for all applicants. If you have lived abroad you may also need one from that country's police force.
Go4less will provide you with information on how to obtain a Police Certificate from Ireland and from other countries if required. You will also receive an official Go4less letter which will help you to obtain your Police Certificate.
Applicants who wish to work in certain fields of work or who have spent time in certain countries may be asked to complete a medical as part of the application process. Go4less will help guide you through this process.
Go4less offer a fully comprehensive travel insurance policy which meets the requirements requested by immigration as detailed below. Our 2 year policy is only €299 when you book a flight with us. You can also purchase this insurance for €309 through our website without a flight booking. Winter sports cover can be added for only €45. Book Here
Note: Our policy stays valid for up to four trips home to Ireland in the two year period. These trips can be for up to two weeks at a time.
IEC INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
IEC requires you to buy and maintain health-care insurance (covering medical care, hospitalization and repatriation) for the entire duration of your stay in Canada. We recommend that you buy this insurance only after you have received your Letter of Introduction, confirming that your IEC application was successful.
You may be refused entry if you do not have insurance. If your insurance policy is valid for less than 12 months, you may be issued a work permit that expires at the same time as your insurance. In this case, you are not eligible to apply for an extension of your work permit at a later date.
If you have booked your flight with Go4less, you can avail of our special discounted rate by calling our office on 01 4350000
For a flight quote please contact 01 435 00032 or email@example.com
Other durations available on request including for those of you who are using the visa to travel during your summer break from college.
- 1 Year Work & Travel Insurance only €179
- 18 Months Work & Travel Insurance €245
- 2 Year Work & Travel Insurance €299
If you decide to book your flight elsewhere you can still purchase our insurance with great online rates through the link below.
Flights to Canada – Book Now – Pay Later
Booking your flight!
Go4Less have airfares negotiated with all the major airlines. We have airfares that don’t have to be ticketed yet and we would be happy to hold flights for you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org your intended date and destination.
You can book a one-way or return flight.
Jobs in Canada
This Job database will also show jobs in all the major cities and towns in Canada, such as
- Jobs in Ontario
- Jobs in Toronto
- Jobs in Quebec
- Jobs in Montreal
- Jobs in Nova Scotia
- Jobs in Halifax
- Jobs in New Brunswick
- Jobs in Saint John
- Jobs in Manitoba
- Jobs in Winnipeg
- Jobs in British Columbia
- Jobs in Vancouver
- Jobs in Prince Edward Island
- Jobs in Charlottetown
- Jobs in Saskatchewan
- Jobs in Saskatoon
- Jobs in Alberta
- Jobs in Edmonton
- Jobs in Calgary
- Jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Go4Less Job database is constantly updated with different job types. Example of jobs:
- Accounting jobs
- Accountant assistant jobs
- Accountant bookkeeper
- Accountant clerk jobs
- Advertising jobs
- Banking jobs
- Beauty treatment operator
- Carpenter jobs
- Child and youth worker jobs
- Clerk jobs
- Community workers
- Construction jobs
- Delivery jobs
- Door to door jobs
- Early childcare educator
- Electrician jobs
- Engineer jobs
- Farming jobs
- Finance jobs
- Food counter attendant
- Front desk agent jobs
- Guest service agent jobs
- Hair Stylist
- Journeyman/woman plumber
- Kitchen helper
- Licensed practical nurse
- Live-in caregiver (Child care)
- Manager trainee – retail jobs
- Mining jobs
- Palliative care nurse
- Pastry chef
- Registered nurse
- Retail salesperson
- Security guard
- Security guard supervisor
- Ski jobs
- Strucco plasterer
- Truck driver jobs
- Warehouse jobs
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Go4less can provide you with everything you will require for your Canada working holiday.
You will find everything from negotiated low cost flight options, visa processing assistance, a tailored travel insurance policy that meets IEC requirements, jobs board and much more!
For many years Canada has been rated as the number one destination for immigrants and it has remained in pole position to this day. Known for its majestic landscape, its amazingly rich history and cultural heritage, it’s no wonder why Canada is a major draw for so many Irish workers.
Where to go in Canada?
The most popular Canadian destinations for young people are Toronto and Vancouver but with the relatively high cost of living and the increasingly competitive employment markets in both cities, workers are now choosing to move to smaller cities in Canada’s Western Provinces.
The Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan are where the Irish will find some of the best opportunities around, particularly for skilled tradesmen such as carpenters, plumbers and electricians. Over the last few years, due to the rich natural resources located here, these Provinces have witnessed a major rise in the number of Irish arriving to work in the Regina and Saskatoon mines or the Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Calgary oil fields.
Irish workers who have experience in the construction and engineering sector are almost guaranteed employment as Canada is facing a huge shortage of construction and engineering professionals with experience. Canadian companies tend to hire Irish workers as they have quality people skills, a good work ethic and a good technical ability.
Click here to view a map of Canada.
Irish Social Scene in Canada
The social scene in Canada for Irish immigrants is only getting stronger. Many Canadian cities have witnessed a staggering number of GAA Clubs springing up left, right and centre, which is giving a sense of home for the large numbers of Irish who are arriving each year. See the destination guides for more information in each area.
Irish Embassy in Canada
If you need any consular assistance when you are in Canada, it’s a good idea to have the contact details of the Irish Embassy on hand.
130 Albert Street,
Ottawa K1P 5G4, Ontario.
Canada has always been a strong economy with a steady banking system. It has not been hit as badly with recession as other countries in recent years. Canada’s unemployment rate is currently just 7% which half the rate of Ireland. This is one of the main draws for workers who will find much more employment opportunities on Canada’s shores.
Canada is a diverse and dramatic landscape with activities to suit any style of adventurer. From the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia to the Great Lakes of Ontario, it’s a wonderland of activities on land and water.
Flights to Toronto can be as little as 6.5 hours direct so visiting Ireland is not too stressful. There are daily flights to Canada with Aer Lingus, British Airways, Air Canada and others. Go4less can offer you our best flight rates by emailing email@example.com
Each year, more than 180,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily as well as more permanently. Canada has a long-standing history of welcoming other nationalities to their country. Some Canadian cities claim that up to half of their populations are non-natives! Due to the influx of Irish immigrants the Irish communities are flourishing, many cities now have their own GAA teams!
Weather in Canada
The distance from between Canada’s coastlines is 9,306 km which means the weather can vary greatly from region to region.
Winter in Toronto can be as mild as in Dublin, whereas Winnipeg can be snowed under. In Victoria, British Columbia golf courses can remain open year-round!
In many parts winters can be a lot colder than even the chilliest of Irish winter days. This will take a bit of getting used to but once you get the right equipment you will start to think nothing of a -10 day. Canadians tend to layer their winter clothing, winter jackets over sweaters and shirts. Hats, gloves, snow boots and heavy socks are all essential.
Homes are usually heated centrally and heating costs can be high due to the volume of use needed to maintain a comfortable temperature when it’s freezing outside. Consider this additional cost if you are renting, although in some cases heading may be offered as part of the rental cost. Check with your landlord before signing a lease.
Summer weather in Canada also varies greatly across the country with hot and humid weather in the central and eastern cities like Toronto and Montreal. Summer on the West coast is usually more moderate, less humid and they experience cooler evenings. The Northern regions have cooler summers but are generally comfortable and sunny. Canada is a great place to get out-doors in the Summer months with hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, water sports and camping being extremely popular right across Canada.
Please check the "Online Jobs data-base" tab which is available to you on your personalised Go4Less account for a list of Employers who are hiring for 2014.
Here are just a few suggestions for finding employment in Canada:
Walk-In Method: If you think you would like to work at a particular job, ask to speak to the manager to see if they are hiring. This method works best in retail businesses and the service industry. Be mindful not to call in at the company’s busiest times.
Employment Agencies: These can be good option for participants with office experience looking for temporary work but some also offer longer contracts. The agency is responsible for all aspects of your employment.
Networking: Many jobs are not publicly posted, ask people that you know or meet about possible job positions or contacts that they might have.
Classified Ads: Local newspapers usually have a job section in their classified ads.
Internet: Go4less provide an online jobs board with employers advertising for jobs available now.
Canada is presently seeing a high demand in the areas of agriculture, accounting, aerospace, biotechnology, mining, food services and construction to name just a few. Go4less offer an online jobs board where you can find the perfect job for you!
A good resume is essential when starting your job search. Canadian employers are very particular about how a résumé is laid out and the typical Irish CV will need to be edited to fit their expectations. Normally, a resume in Canada is no more than two pages in length. You should target the résumé towards the position for which you are applying and focus on areas that are related to the job. Online applications are becoming more commonplace and need just as much attention.
Finding housing can often be as much of a challenge as finding a job. If you are headed for a large city you will find more different options available, from online and newspaper classifieds to roommate search agencies. If you are in a smaller town you may have considerably fewer options.
A good place to start is to start your research on the Internet before you leave and stay in a youth hostel or hotel/motel when you first arrive until you can view and secure suitable housing. If you arrive armed with addresses and phone numbers of housing options you will be half way to finding your accommodation.
We would not advise to pay for housing without seeing it first. There are some scams out there that try to lure newcomers in so if it sounds too good to be true be very cautious.
The majority of Canadian rentals will come unfurnished and you will need to provide your own furniture. Craigslist can be a great source of cheap second-hand furnishings and electrical items.
In Canada it is a common occurrence to leave unwanted furniture items out on the street. It is then free to be picked up by any passer-bys. Source the wealthier areas for better quality of discarded furniture!
The following tips may help:
- Look for "Free Rent" signs posted outside properties in areas you would like to live in.
- Check the "Classified" section of the local newspaper.
- Visit the housing bulletin boards at a local university or college. Sharing accommodation with Canadian students could be a great experience. During summer months, many university and college residences are made available for short-term tenants from May to August.
- Check notice boards in public Laundromats, health food or grocery stores in the areas you like.
- Landlords typically require a deposit to cover the last month’s rent. Always insist on a receipt for this deposit.
- Move quickly if you like a place. Competition for housing can be tough in the cities.
- Avoid signing a lease if you can. Some landlords will rent month-to-month which will give you greater flexibility.
- Leases are legally binding contracts. Don’t sign a 1-year lease if you’re planning to live there for only 6 months.
- If your landlord insists on a lease, ask if you can sublet the unit when you leave.
- The person who signs the lease is responsible for any payments owing including the cost of any damage to the property.
- Make a list and take photos of existing damage to your unit before moving in and provide a copy to your landlord to avoid paying for damage not incurred by you when you move out.
- Everyone living in the property should sign the rental agreement so that you can also share responsibility.
- Once signed, you and your landlord should each keep a copy of the lease.
- Get receipts from your landlord for all cash deposits or rents paid.
Check the destination guides for more information specific to each area.
The cost of living in Canada is generally more expensive than Ireland. When you start to work the rate of your wages should make up for the difference but initially you will need your savings to see you through to your first pay-check. The IEC requirements are the equivalent of $2500 but it is wise to bring more in case you do not find work immediately.
Below you can see a sample of the average cost of some day to day items:
Milk (regular), 1 litre 2.00 C$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.94 C$
Rice (1kg) 3.00 C$
Eggs (12) 3.00 C$
Local Cheese (250g) 3.00 C$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 12.00 C$
Potato (1kg) 1.64 C$
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 C$
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 C$
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.00 C$
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) 5.50 C$
Cappuccino (regular) 3.50 C$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle) 1.99 C$
Water (0.33 litre bottle) 1.50 C$
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 C$
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 126.00 C$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.25 C$
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.79 C$
Gasoline (1 litre) 1.30 C$
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 C$
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 178.02 C$
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.29 C$
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 50.00 C$
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 55.00 C$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 C$
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.50 C$
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 45.00 C$
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 105.00 C$
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 100.00 C$
A Social Insurance Number is required to work in Canada in order for you to pay tax and get paid. This is the first thing you should apply for when you arrive in Canada. You apply for this through your nearest Service Canada office; please see your Go4less account for full details and the application form.
Tax deductions from wages vary in each province but are generally slightly higher than Irish rates, they will reduce your pay by 25-35 per cent.
- Income taxes
- Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan
- Employment Insurance
- Union dues (if applicable)
- Payments to a retirement or pension plan (if applicable)
- Any other deductions you and your employer agree to in writing
Each year you will need to file a tax return. Most Canadians will use a specialist to file their return for them.
When you make a purchase for goods or services in Canada, you will be charged two types of sales tax:
- Provincial Sales Tax (PST): the percentage charged varies by province, although Alberta is PST exempt.
- Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST): Standard 5%
These sales taxes are not shown in the advertised retail price in stores so you will need to factor this into the cost of purchases. Sales taxes are added at the register.