IRCC invited over 1,500 candidates under the IEC draws

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the IEC draws

Over the last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the IEC draws in the pools of International Experience Canada (IEC). From June 17 to June 23, Canada invited 1,503 young foreigners to apply for an IEC open work permit. As of June 23, 24,593 candidates registered in the pool, awaiting the invitation. 

Under the new IEC Draws, the details for ITAs per country are given in the table below:

No of ITAsCountry NameNo of ITAsCountry Name







CroatiaCosta Rica
57 Spain18 

Czech Republic


133 France7


Hong Kong95 Ireland
45 Italy



Korea19 Poland
133 Germany292 

United Kingdom


31 Netherlands62 

New Zealand

Norway28 Taiwan
42 Portugal13 


In 2023, Canada issued 93,370 ITAs under the IEC Program.

IEC Rounds of Invitations 2023


International Experience Canada (IEC) Program

A number of programs known as International Experience Canada (IEC) allow young people from participating countries to visit Canada temporarily to live and work there. If an international applicant completes one of the IEC programs successfully, they will be qualified to apply for a work permit in Canada without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). With the acceptance of work permits, IEC permits temporary stay in Canada for a maximum of one year.

EC work permits are authorized using a system of random draws. Not all foreign nationals who indicate interest in the program will be chosen. Success chances depend on the quota for each program and country. There are three separate programs administered by the IEC. Interested applicants should confirm the requirements for the various programs even if IEC has general standards. Each program has its own requirements and may lead to a sure kind of work authorization:

  • Working Holiday
  • Young Professionals
  • International Co-op Internship

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