Working Holidays

Working Holiday Visas for New Zealanders Going to Canada

Last Updated: August 2009

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To be eligible you must:

  • be aged between 18 and 30 inclusive at the time of application
  • hold a valid New Zealand passport
  • not have previously participated in this Working Holiday Program
  • meet health and character requirements

Visa Fee

The visa costs NZ$220 payable by certified bank cheque or New Zealand Post money order made out to the Canadian High Commission. Personal or company cheques, foreign bank drafts and cash are not accepted.

Proof of Funds

You must have a minimum of NZ$4,000 in funds in the form of a current bank statement, credit card statement, traveller's cheques or cash. You may be asked to present this evidence upon arrival.


There is a quota of 4,000 visas.


The visa is valid for 12 months from the date you enter info Canada.

Employment Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the amount of time you are able to work with one employer. If you plan to work in child care, primary or secondary school teaching, or in health services you must undergo a medical examination.


You may leave and re-enter multiple times but the time allowed for your visa will not be paused while you are away.

How to Apply

Download the application form and visit the WHP Canada website for details about required documents and instructions on how to apply.

General Comments

You can apply from outside New Zealand provided you can provide a New Zealand mailing address for the return of all documents. If you plan to work in child care, teaching or health services, you will be required to undergo a medical examination

Contact Details

Canadian High Commission
PO Box 8047
Level 11, 125 The Terrace

Phone: (04) 473 9577
Fax: (04) 471 2082




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