The pools for the 2021 season are now open.
Select your country from the drop-down menu below to see if your pool is open.
We regularly invite eligible candidates from the IEC pools to apply for a work permit. These are called rounds of invitations.
The number of candidates invited to apply during each round varies. Rounds will take place until there are no more spots available or the IEC season closes.
IEC participants: Requirements for travel to Canada
Only IEC participants with a Port of Entry Letter of Introduction and a valid job offer are eligible to travel to Canada right now. You must also be able to start your job as soon as you complete your quarantine. Check the start date on your job offer before you travel.
To learn more about restrictions for travel to Canada and additional testing and quarantine requirements use the Flying to Canada requirements checklist.
Schedule for the 2021 season
The numbers on this page are normally updated on Fridays.
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Dates of rounds of invitations
The quota and dates of the first and final rounds of invitations will be updated, as this information becomes available.
We will provide at least five days notice before the:
- first round of invitations, and
- final round of invitations.
Several rounds of invitations may take place between the first and last rounds.
If you are in a pool, you could receive an Invitation to Apply any time after the date of the first round of invitations.
During the final round of invitations, we plan to invite enough candidates to meet the quota for the season. Sometimes, a large number of:
- candidates decline their Invitations to Apply,
- candidates let their Invitations to Apply expire, or
- applicants’ work permit applications are refused.
To meet the quota in these cases, we may issue a very small number of Invitations to Apply after the final round takes place.
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