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Canadian youth interested in going to Belgium under the working holiday programme are invited to consult the pages of the Consulate-General of Belgium in Montreal, which is in charge of the programme.

Canadian youth interested in going to a European country other than Belgium under the working holiday programme, should check out the the Youth on the Move site, where the different possibilities are compiled.

European youth interested in going to Canada for a working holiday should visit the section "Coming to Canada?" on the Youth on the Move site.

Working Holiday Program Canada-Belgium : introduction

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Since January 1st, 2007, an agreement is in force between Canada and Belgium to facilitate and increase youth mobility. The Working Holiday Program (WHP) allows 400 Canadians and 400 Belgians between the ages of 18 and 30 to explore new horizons with a temporary work permit in hand.

The WHP offers young Belgians the opportunity to discover Canada, to visit over a period of several months and to take one or more casual jobs to help finance their stay. Applicants selected under this program may stay in Canada for up to one year.

N.B.: Canadian citizens wishing to participate in this programme may consult the web site of the Consulate general of Belgium in Montreal


Participants must :

  • be between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of the application;
  • be Belgian citizens and be domiciled in Belgium at the time of the application;
  • hold a Belgian passport valid for the duration of the stay in Canada;
  • not have previously participated in the WHP;
  • have available sufficient financial resources to meet their needs for the first three (3) months of their stay (700 Euro per month);
  • have all-risk insurance, including occupational accident coverage, for the period they are authorized to stay and have proof of health care insurance, including hospitalization and return home coverage, for the duration of their stay (it is strongly advised to wait until the application has been approved before taking out the insurance);
  • satisfy the visa officer that their primary purpose is to travel in Canada and that working is secondary;
  • be prepared to pay the required fees. There are no fees required at this time for applications under this program. Please refer to this web site at the time you submit your application for updated information.

Documents required

  • the application form duly completed, dated and signed;
  • 4 recent, identical passport size photos (digitized or scanned photos are not accepted) ;
  • a photocopy of the identity pages of your Belgian passport (family name, given name(s), date and place of birth, date of issuance and validity of the passport); IMPORTANT: The passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Canada. Do not send the original passport. ;
  • a photocopy of your Belgian identity card;
  • a curriculum vitae (résumé);
  • a document proving that you have sufficient funds for the first 3 months of your stay in Canada (minimum of 700 Euro per month);
  • a letter explaining your motivation for participating in this program (reasons and length of stay in Canada, your itinerary, etc.).

NOTE : Once your application is approved, the Embassy will ask you to take out the insurance;

Incomplete applications will be returned

If you intend to work in the sector of public health or petite enfance, for example as a teacher to young children, aide familiale ou employé de garderie, you have to undergo and pass a medical examination by a doctor, designated by the Embassy. We will send you a form and instructions regarding the medical exam, as well as a list of designated doctors in Belgium.

Please note that:

  • the WHP is not intended for students wishing to do a work term or internship in Canada;
  • the WHP is not intended for persons wishing to work in Canada while waiting to obtain permanent resident status;
  • the WHP is not intended for persons holding a long-term work contract in Canada;
  • participants may participate in this program only once;
  • the WHP cannot be extended or renewed;
  • the WHP work permit is valid for any job(s), anywhere in Canada;
  • we do not have listings of job offers or accommodation in Canada.

All applications are processed by the Embassy of Canada in Paris. It is no use contacting the Embassy of Canada in Brussels for queries regarding the processing of your application. Info on current average processing times.

Download the application form and instructions for departures in 2007. The kit is hosted on the web site of the Embassy of Canada in Paris.

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