Contrary to popular belief, Canada as a tourist destination is actually far more popular in the summer months when the place really heats up and everything and everyone comes out to enjoy the beautiful wilderness! The snow starts to melt, the animals come out of hibernation, and the adrenaline lovers get to experience those exciting pursuits other than skiing or boarding as temperatures soar into the high 20's – 30’s.
- Face-to-Face or Skype Resort/Hotel Interview (Pre-Departure Job Offer)
- Guaranteed Staff Housing off site
- Step-by-Step Visa Assistance
- Orientation on Arrival to Vancouver
Living & Working In Canadian Cities
Living & Working In Canada
Whether you prefer the Big City lifestyle in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal or perhaps you like things a little quieter and prefer the wilderness of Banff, Kelowna or Whistler, we have something for everyone. The new addition of the All Year Round (AYR) Programme gives you the flexibility to chose where exactly in Canada you would like to live and at which month of the year you would like to arrive.
Another awesome perk about our AYR programme is that our partner has locations in a variety of different locations, so you are not chained to the same location for the entirety of your visa. Feel free to move locations and get a taste of everything this big beautiful country has to offer.
What Locations Can I work?
Downtown Vancouver (British Colombia)
Whistler (British Colombia)
Victoria (British Colombia)
Kelowna (British Colombia)
- Pre-arranged Skype interview (job contract in your hand before you even book your flight)
- Staff housing
- Step-by-Step Visa Assistance
- Airport pickup (excludes Vancouver location)
- Orientation on arrival (SIN, Bank & SIM Card)
- Full in-house on the job training
- Guide to Living & Working In Canada
Employment In Canadian Cities
Bartenders (limited locations)
- All of our Canada City job opportunities come with guaranteed accommodation
- This is usually shared style accommodation but arrangements can sometimes be made for private rooms (although these do come at an additional cost in rent)
Canadian Work Visa
International Experience Canada (Working Holiday) Visa
Clean criminal record
Czech Republic 18-35
New Zealand 18-35
Proof of $2500 – or equivalent on application and arrival in Canada
To be offered a place on the IEC you must create a profile and be invited to apply. There are strict and varied quotas for each country participating in the IEC . Full details are on the IEC website - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/iec/eligibility.asp ( please add as a hyperlink)
Our detailed step by step guide will help you secure a place, if you have difficulty our experienced consultants are available to assist.
Interview Dates & Locations
These are literally conducted all year round starting March 1st, 2016. All Interviews will be held via Skype. As a result, please ensure you are dressed professionally, wear business attire and have a strong internet connection and camera/microphone.
How Does The Program Guarantee Work?
How Does Booking This Program Guarantee Me A Job Placement?
Easy. You will have a pre-screening interview with one of our TWHC specialists and then a second interview with the HR manager of the business that we will be setting you up with before you even make your final payment to TWHC. Once full payment has been made your job contract will be released and it’s then time to book flights and organise your arrival to your new home.
Terms Conditions & Refund Policy
Terms Conditions & Refund Policy
- Applicants will be sent The Working Holiday Club™ Terms & Conditions which need to be read, understood and signed before the commencement of the program. Any questions... let us know... we are very clear about what we offer and what we don't... so should you need clarification, ASK!
- Once these T&C's are signed (online) and the program has commenced, should applicants drop out or no longer want to continue, all money paid, be it partial or full payment, is not refundable.
- Once candidates have secured employment and commenced work at the resort/hotel, The Working Holiday Cub™ will not interfere with the working relationship. We are a facilitator of the working relationship.
We are, however, always there for you should you have any questions down the track, are interested in a second employment opportunity after the season, or simply want some advice.
Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I GO WITH A FRIEND OR PARTNER?
Yes, you can. We understand moving to the other side of the world can be a little daunting, and we strive to ensure we give you and your friends/partners the best possible opportunity of working together. That is why, in your application, you can note who you will be travelling with. Ultimately the decision is the interviewer’s, and we cannot guarantee you will both receive a job offer. As we mentioned earlier, be flexible with your job options, and we are confident we will be able to place you and your friends together.
Be aware the larger the group of travellers, the greater the chance of someone not being offered a role. This is also applied to couples – one is stronger than the other. There is always 'one person' in the group that isn't as sharp or as focused. The resort or hotel interviewers have no qualms deciding who they offer roles to, and who they don't. This is a brutal reality... the info here is to inform you to help prepare you.
DO I NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE AT SKIING / BOARDING TO WORK IN A SKI RESORT?
In most positions you will not need to have skied in your life before. Some of our applicants have never even seen the snow before! However, lift operations & some instructor positions will need you to have experience on the slopes to be considered for a post.
Kicking Horse ski resort requires lift operators to be at least intermediate or advanced skiers or riders. The terrain at this resort is quite advanced, and there is minimal beginner terrain here.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AGE OF SKI RESORT WORKERS?
International ski resort employees age from 19 – 35, but keep in mind local staff, particularly supervisors and managers, can be older than this. It sounds cliche, but it's a state of mind, not age!
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Our Canadian resort partners love the international flair our participants bring to their ski resort and experiences they provide for their guests. As long as you are over 19, hardworking, outgoing, friendly and eager to be in Canada (and are available for the entire season) you should not have any problems. University students and those in the middle of their studies should consider the USA ski resorts as four-month visas are welcomed. While some jobs require particular skills and experience, many provide full training on-site. Cash handling experience if applying for ticket sales positions and bar/wait experience in hospitality areas would obviously be an asset, and you can never go wrong with customer service skills in almost any position.
CAN I SPECIFY A PARTICULAR POSITION THAT I WANT TO APPLY FOR?
- You sure can! Once your application fee has been finalised and you have completed your online application, you will be asked to answer our skills-based assessment test, where you can put forward your application for a particular position. However, as certain positions are very popular, you may wish to consider listing some different preferences. Remember, flexibility is an attractive trait for all employers!
- The job you applied for might have many other applying for it as well, so consider the role and your suitability carefully. For example, many people apply for lift operator roles... those persons who have worked outside previously or in labouring roles will have a distinct advantage over those who have never had a physical job. Reading and understanding job descriptions and how they will apply to you is incredibly important when considering jobs for six months or more.
- Consider if you are fit for the role – if you have previous experience. Some roles start early and finish early... again, read and research the roles you are interested in.
- Ask you're The Working Holiday Club™ recruitment manager if you have any questions or require clarification.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM NOT OFFERED A JOB?
- Should you not be offered a position by one of our resorts, TWHC will, where possible, provide alternate employment opportunities and set up second interviews for you. We will continue to do this until all options are exhausted. Once all attempts at locating a job are exhausted we will refund the program fee (less your deposit).
- Should you decide to 'drop out' due to the fact, you weren't offered a role at your first preference location, or your travelling partners were offered positions, and you weren't, you will forfeit your program fee. We are committed to finding you work in Canada..For us, the process is not completed until all avenues are thoroughly exhausted.
IS A TWHC REPRESENTATIVE IN CANADA WHEN I ARRIVE?
Yes... we have a desk within the Samesun Hostel so we will meet you on arrival. We also host orientations to help you set up your Social Insurance Number (SIN), bank account and sim card, and much more, which will assist the transition into your new home country a breeze. The Working Holiday Club™ representative will also host the meet and greet drinks with the other staff heading to the same location as yourself, so you get to make some new mates before heading up to your resort/hotel.
HOW DO I MEET OTHER APPLICANTS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL?
- We have specific and exclusive closed Facebook groups set up for each resort/hotel. It doesn't sound like much, but when you pool all these various applicants into one social environment, you're sharing lots of other peoples' experiences and stories.
- Many applicants organise to meet up in their cities with others before interviews, and then once job contracts are finalized, organize to travel with other crew mates on the same flights. Leaving home & family and arriving into a foreign country is less intimidating with a posse of friends beside you!
- Not to mention, it also helps to know some names (even if only socialise online) on arrival to Canada.
CAN I JUST DO IT MYSELF?
You can. However, it’s perilous and no doubt costly. The Resorts & Hotels have staffing needs of hundreds of employees and can’t leave it until the last minute to do their hiring in case they fall short. Subsequently, they use The Working Holiday Club™ to handle their candidate flow for international hires (global hiring numbers for Canadian employees are closely monitored and tracked by the Canadian Gov – there's not a bottomless pit for internationals to work in Canada).
- You might be able to score yourself a job at one of the local grocery stores, bakeries or restaurants, but without guaranteed hours, at $10.00 per hour, if you are only getting 15 hours per week that’s not even going to pay for your rent if you are not living in staff housing.
Here are some factors to take into consideration if you have decided to do it yourself.
- You will need to secure your work visa fast as their quotas are reached earlier each year.
- If you decide to work on in ski resort, you will need to have accommodation before the resort offers you position.
- If you manage to secure employment with a local grocery or retail outlet on the mountain, your accommodation will be very expensive if any is even available for you to rent on min wage.
- You will need to fork out as much as $1800 for a season ski lift pass – local shops very rarely can offer you an annual pass for free.
- You will need to budget for a minimum of three weeks in a hostel while you jobs hunt
- For your interviews, you will need to travel to the resorts and pay for accommodation and flights. Very costly.
In a nutshell, those that DIY face accommodation issues, ski lift pass cost, a lack of consistent and reliable work, and excessive interview travel costs!
The Working Holiday Club™ offers you the security to have everything pre-arranged so that you have peace of mind when arriving in Canada. You're also guaranteed:
- instant income
- free season lift pass
- the roof over your head
- legal visa
- safe arrival into your new home
All you need to think about is what drink you're going to order at the Meet and Greet Party on arrival!
IS MY CURRENT RSA QUALIFICATION RECOGNISED IN CANADA?
No. Should applicants be working in any food and beverage role, an online certification will need to be obtained before arrival to commence employment. Each province in Canada has their version of RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol). This information will be clarified during this program, along with any other certifications.
WHAT IS THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE IN CANADA?
It’s different across the country. British Columbia is 19, Alberta is 18. Should you travel to the United States while working in Canada, you will need to obtain an ESTA visa to enter, and be aware that their drinking age is 21. There can be severe consequences should you be caught underage drinking!
CAN I APPLY FOR CANADA PROGRAMS IF I AM A UNI STUDENT?
- Yes... but be aware that Canadian employers consider university students pathological liars because they rarely commit to the entire season/job contract. Because of the poor reputation of uni students, applicants are required to obtain 'letters of deferment' to prove their commitment to this program and employment.
- If you are a uni student, remember that this experience is for potential employment for up to two years... don't waste this opportunity by only coming for six months, as the visa criteria have changed and recurring visas are now no longer available!
Need clarification? Give us a call... we'll help walk you through it!
WHY CAN I GET A WORKING VISA FOR CANADA WHEN I'M 18 BUT I AM NOT ABLE TO JOIN YOUR PROGRAM?
- Why do I have to be 19? The majority of 18-year-old applicants are fresh out of school and don't have enough personal savings and maturity to leave home and hold down a job overseas. Canadian employers are concerned that 18-year-olds won't take this opportunity seriously and might fail at their commitments, compared to their older counterparts.
- The majority of references supplied by 18-year-olds are from high schools, which, compared to older applicant references from employers, sets them at a serious disadvantage right off the bat!
- We have found the success rate of candidates 19 and older is exponentially higher & TWHC is about setting our candidates up for success.
- Again, we're talking about the majority of 18-year-olds, not all... but ultimately we had to draw a line in the sand... so you must be 19 by the time of the interviews in your home country!
- If you are 18 and want to do this program, get a job, work hard and save your money, and call us after your 19th birthday, or before if you have your birthday before interviews, and we'll get you sorted!
REFERENCE LETTERS – WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU REQUIRE?
We would like you to provide us with a maximum of one page, a minimum of two paragraph, a document on a company letterhead, or at very least with the employer’s business card. This will outline your length of employment, skills, duties, responsibilities, work attitude and their personal reflections on your work ethic and presence within their team.
**Please Note: Not all partners provide free season lift passes, particularly some hotels. Please check with The Working Holiday Club™ specialist team if your preferred employer comes with a free season lift pass.
CAN I TRAVEL THROUGH THE USA ON MY WAY TO CANADA?
The Department of Homeland Security USA will allow you to spend 90 days in the USA to travel ESTA visa. The moment you enter the States (even if you only transit through), whether it be for a day, a week or a month, your 90 days will begin and will not restart until you have left North America in its entirety, which includes Mexico and Canada.
As a result, If you would like to travel to the USA for your ski or summer season and would then like to return to the USA after your season, you will need to apply for a B2 Visa. Ask your TWHC specialist on the best way to apply for this.
DO I NEED A CERTIFICATE IN INSTRUCTING TO BE A TEACHER?
It depends on the level you would like to teach and the resort you would like to teach at. Some of our resort partners do require you to have a certification while others do not. You will need to ask your interviewer or program coordinator about resort-specific information.
Most ski resorts have ski and boarding certification courses during the season and are not super expensive. Make sure that the certificate you are hoping to obtain is recognised in other countries so you can teach in other resorts, not just Canada. Usually, the more countries the certification is recognised in direct correlates to how expensive the course is. Do your research.
WHAT IF I AM OFFERED A POSITION I DON’T WANT?
Unfortunately, if you are offered a job and do not wish to accept it, then you will forfeit your program fee. Interviewers know their resorts/hotels better than you and will offer you a role that they determine to fit their requirements. Consider that the majority of our Canadian partners are large places of employment and getting a 'foot in the door' is just the first step to climbing the leadership ladder.
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