Discover Canada

Where can I go?

Brand new to HRC's portfolio of services is our Discover Canada program. The Canadian hospitality market is on a rise and the Canadian government is heavily investing in making Canada a country of choice to work in. 

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Who can we help?

HRC offers the Young Professional (YP) program as part of the International Experience Canada (IEC) scheme as well as the Co-op program and the Francophone Mobility program.

There is an annual draw for Work Permits. Regular draws happen a few times until the season is closed. Usually each IEC season opens at the end of the year and closes around June the following year.

Young Professional (YP)

The Young Professional (YP) program as part of the International Experience Canada (IEC) scheme is for nationals from the following countries;

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

To apply you need:

  • to be between 18-35 years old
  • to have one year of work experience
  • a police certificate  from all countries where you have lived for >6 months during the past 10 years

The duration of the visa is 1 or 2 years depending on nationality


What is the timeline and costs?

8-10 weeks from the moment you submit your complete dossier 
CAN$2,250 for the visa fee + CAN$250 per month for your program- and insurance fee

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Co-op or intern work permit

The Co-op visa permit allows students to gain relevant work experience as part of their study program. Applicants must be from one of the following countries:

Australia, Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine

To apply you need:

  • to be between 18-25 years old
  • you have a valid study permit
  • work is required to complete your study program in Canada
  • you have a letter from your school that confirms all students in your program need to complete work placements to get their degree
  • your co-op placement or internship totals 50% or less of your study program
  • a police certificate  from all countries where you have lived for >6 months during the past 10 years

Applicants who have a PHD or other doctoral qualification will be granted a visa for three years, rather than two. This visa cannot be extended but applicants may be able to switch to another visa at the end of their
Graduate visa.

What is the timeline and costs?

8-10 weeks from the moment you submit your complete dossier 
CAN$2,250 for the visa fee + CAN$250 per month for your program- and insurance fee

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Bilateral visa

The Francophile Mobility program is a bilateral visa that allows anyone with a CLB score of 7 or higher to participate in this scheme. 

To apply you need:

  • to have a CLB score of 7 or higher 
  • a police certificate  from all countries where you have lived for >6 months during the past 10 years

The initial work permit can be issued for up to 3 years; the extensions can be for up to 2 years. 

What is the timeline and costs?

8-10 weeks from the moment you submit your complete dossier 
CAN$3,250 for the visa fee + CAN$250 per month for your program- and insurance fee

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