Here's what we do
We partner with A-list Resorts in Canada for the Summer Seasons to ensure you have authentic experiences
We engage with our partners in an official capacity to guarantee you a pre-departure job offer which also comes with subsidised staff housing, a secured visa, in-country orientation on arrival to Vancouver plus support throughout your entire season.
Our full price is $999; there are not hidden costs
Our job numbers are set which we mean only recruit for the amount of employment we have. You are not competing for positions
We are the most experienced team in the industry and boast over 35 years of Canadian recruitment experience
We have solidified below market travel insurance which we offer to TWHC members. It is not compulsory if you prefer an alternative
Our partners at Student Flights have Black Market flight specials to ensure you get there as cheaply as possible
$299 deposit reserves your position on the programme, and gets's things started
Manageable and affordable payment plans are on offer should you prefer to lay by your working holiday
Your pre-departure job offer is guaranteed or your money back*
We do not provide a post arrival placement service like some of the other guys in the industry
All our placements details, rate of pay and start dates are available on the site
....there are no surprises with us what you see is what you get
How to get your spot
Complete an enquiry form below
A Canadian working holiday specialist will be in touch within 24 hours for a consultation
Apply between: August: April
Min age: 19
It's compulsory that you are available for the entire summer season, May/June through October.
Canada In The Summer Time
Canada in the Summer Time
Canadians and visitors alike head to more remote regions in Canada during the summer months to relax at lakeside cottages, resorts. Hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, watersports and camping are all popular right across Canada. More urban destinations, like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver get the party going with festivals and other summer events.
Canada summer festivals range from big, colourful city celebrations to small cultural events. The most popular summer festivals in Canada include the Calgary Stampede, Caribana (pictured left) and the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, but plenty of smaller, quainter festivals round out the calendar of events
What is included for $995
- Pre-arranged Skype or face-to-face interview with a Canadian employer
- On-site staff housing / Full Housing Assistanc
- Unsuccessful applicants receive program refund!
- First-night free accommodation on arrival at The Samesun Hostel in Vancouver
- Excellent resort discounts on retail, rental, food & beverage
- Guide To Living & Working In Canada on arrival
- Step-by-step visa assistance
- Orientation on arrival to Vancouver (set dates)
- Face-to-face or Skypw interview with a Canadian employer
What is not included for $995
- Travel insurance
- Work Permit fee
Ski Resorts & Hotels Summer 2017
We are excited to announce the addition of Lake Louise Resort - Banff to our resort offerings in 2017.
- Whistler Blackcomb - Job Descriptions can be found here
- The Four Seasons Resort Whistler - Job Descriptions can be found here
- Banff Gondola
Minnewanka Lake Cruise
Jasper Ice fields Adventures
- Lake Louise Resort - Banff (See Below)
- Kicking Horse Mountain Resort: - Positions Include
3. Lift Attendant (Mountain Operations)
4. Bike Rental Technican
Ski Resort Jobs Summer
Summer Resort Roles include:
- Lift Operations
- Food and Beverage Cashier
- Rental Cashier
- Retail Sales Staff
- Food and Beverage Busser
- Food and Beverage Food Server
- Retail (previously proven sales experience an asset)
- Bike Repair (previous experience required)
- Conference Facilities Food & Beverage
- Front Desk (Previous hotel experience required)
* No previous hotel-related experience is required for most roles as training is offered for all positions.
Accommodation Opportunities Available – Summer Resorts & Hotels
- All of our Summer Employers offer on-site staff housing
- Not only are you located on site but it’s also subsidised by the resort, so it’s super cheap too
- Not to mention you are right in the centre of it all
- Accommodation is usually shared with one other person but there are opportunities for private bedrooms at an extra cost. TWHC offers no guarantees on private rooms.
Speak with one of our team members about this for more detailed information.
Job Security & Placement Guarantees
Easy, we fly the HR managers to your home country to interview you face-to-face so you will 100% have a full-time job contract in your hand before you even book your flights to Canada!
Through our extensive partnerships with reputable employers across Canada, we can offer the Job Guarantee service.
- Our resort & hotel partners provide us with the exact number of positions to fill each season
- Our partners will interview you face-to-face before you leave your home country
- Our partners provide you with you formal job contracts, HR documents, start dates, rate of pay and the position you were accepted for months before your departure date
Unlike our competitors in the industry, we do not take applications and then proceed to find a suitable employment – we already have the job you're looking for.
Interview Locations And Dates
- Gold Coast
Four Seasons Resort
Banff Gondola (Skype)
Minnewanka Lake Cruise (Skype)
Jasper Ice fields Adventure (Skype)
Can't I Just Do It All Myself?
Can't I Just DO It All Myself?
You can. However, it’s extremely risky and no doubt costly. The Resorts & Hotels have staffing needs of hundreds of employees and can’t leave it until the last minute to do their hiring in case they fall short. Subsequently, they use The Working Holiday Club™ to handle their candidate flow for international hires (the global hiring number for Canadian employees is carefully monitored and tracked by the Canadian Gov – there's not a bottomless pit for internationals to work in Canada).
You might be able to score yourself a job at one of the local grocery stores, bakeries or restaurants, but without guaranteed hours at $10.75 per hour, if you are only getting 15 hours per week, that’s not even going to pay for your rent if you are not living in staff housing.
Here are some factors to take into consideration if you have decided to do it yourself:
- You will need to secure your work visa fast as the quotas are reached earlier and earlier each year.
- If you decide to work at a ski resort, you will need to have accommodation before the resort offers you a position.
- If you manage to secure employment with a local grocery or retail outlet on the mountain, your accommodation will be very expensive if any is even available for you to rent on min wage.
- You will need to fork out as much as $1800 for season lift pass – local shops very rarely are you offer annual ski lift pass for free.
- You will need to budget for a min of three weeks in a hostel while you job hunt.
- For your interviews, you will need to travel to the resorts and pay for accommodation and flights. Very costly!
In a nutshell, those that DIY face accommodation issues, lift pass costs, a lack of consistent and reliable work and costly interview travel costs!
The Working Holiday Club™ offers you the security to have everything pre-arranged so that you have peace of mind when arriving in Canada. You'll also have:
- Instant income
- Free season lift pass
- Staff Accommodation (Extremely convenient & Social)
- Guaranteed Legal working holiday visa Pre-Departure
- Safe arrival into your new home (As well as a friendly face)
All you need to think about is what drink you're going to order at the Meet and Greet Drinks on arrival!
What Makes Us The Best
Simple. We have the best jobs, at the best resorts in Canada, and we follow through on our promises. There are some seriously dodgy companies out there, which will look the part, but don't have partnerships with the Canadian employers. If you are in doubt about any company, please visit the ski resort websites and check out their employment pages to see who their Australian/NZ/EU/UK partners are... which you'll quickly find leaves only one option... US.
All members of the Canadian team have travelled extensively to our summer locations and can tell you the ins and outs of every resort/hotel partner. From where the best clubs and bars are to where you get a hot tub session in, or just find the cheapest gym. We know our stuff! The team speaks from experience & tell it like it is!
When consulting applicants, we honestly advise if this program is a good fit for them, as we don't want to waste your time, your money or the employers' time. Our company is also the preferred international recruitment company for all of the top level ski resorts in Western Canada, including Whistler Blackcomb, recently rated, yet again, Canada's #1 Overall Resort in Canada by Ski Magazine.
Terms Conditions & Refund Policy
Terms Conditions & Refund Policy
- Applicants will be sent The Working Holiday Club™ Terms & Conditions which need to be read, understood and signed before the commencement of the program. Any questions... let us know... we are very clear about what we offer and what we don't... so should you need clarification, ASK!
- Once these T&C's are signed (online) and the program has commenced, should applicants drop out or no longer want to continue, all money paid, be it partial or full payment, is not refundable.
- Once candidates have secured employment and commenced work at the resort/hotel, The Working Holiday Cub™ will not interfere with the working relationship. We are a facilitator of the working relationship not the mediator.
- Each candidate is responsible for purchasing travel insurance which includes cancellation policy cover.
- The Terms and Conditions must be siigned prior to payments made.
Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I GO WITH A FRIEND OR PARTNER?
Yes, you can. We understand moving to the other side of the world can be a little daunting, and we strive to ensure we give you and your friends/partners the best possible opportunity of working together. That is why, in your application, you can note who you will be travelling with. Ultimately the decision is the interviewer’s, and we cannot guarantee you will both receive a job offer. As we mentioned earlier, be flexible with your job options, and we are confident we will be able to place you and your friends together.
Be aware the larger the group of travellers, the greater the chance of someone not being offered a role. This was also applied to couples – one is stronger than the other. There is always 'one person' in the group that isn't as sharp or as focused. The resort or hotel interviewers have no qualms deciding who they offer roles to, and who they don't. This is a brutal reality... the info here is to inform you to help prepare you.
DO I NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE AT SKIING / BOARDING TO WORK IN A SKI RESORT?
In most positions you will not need to have skied in your life before. Some of our applicants have never even seen the snow before! However, lift operations & some instructor positions will need you to have experience on the slopes to be considered for a post.
Kicking Horse ski resort requires lift operators to be at least intermediate or advanced skiers or riders. The terrain at this resort is quite advanced, and there is minimal beginner terrain here.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AGE OF SKI RESORT WORKERS?
International ski resort employees age from 19 – 35, but keep in mind local staff, particularly supervisors and managers, can be older than this. It sounds cliche, but it's a state of mind, not age!
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Our Canadian resort partners love the international flair our participants bring to their ski resort and experiences they provide for their guests. As long as you are over 19, hardworking, outgoing, friendly and eager to be in Canada (and are available for the entire season) you should not have any problems. University students and those in the middle of their studies should consider the USA ski resorts as four-month visas are welcomed. While some jobs require particular skills and experience, many provide full training on-site. Cash handling experience if applying for ticket sales positions and bar/wait experience in hospitality positions would obviously be an asset, and you can never go wrong with customer service skills in almost any position.
CAN I SPECIFY A PARTICULAR POSITION THAT I WANT TO APPLY FOR?
- You sure can! Once your application fee has been finalised and you have completed your online application, you will be asked to answer our skills-based assessment test, where you can put forward your application for a particular position. However, as certain positions are very popular, you may wish to consider listing some different preferences. Remember, flexibility is an attractive trait for all employers!
- The job you applied for might have many other applying for it as well, so consider the role and your suitability carefully. For example, many people apply for lift operator positions... those individuals who have worked outside previously or in labouring roles will have an obvious advantage over those who have never had a physical job. Reading and understanding job descriptions and how they will apply to you is incredibly important when considering jobs for six months or more.
- Consider if you are fit for the role – if you have previous experience. Some roles start early and finish early... again, read and research the roles you are interested in.
- Ask your The Working Holiday Club™ recruitment manager if you have any questions or require clarification.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM NOT OFFERED A JOB?
- Should you not be offered a position by one of our resorts, TWHC will, where possible, provide alternate employment opportunities and set up secondary interviews for you. We will continue to do this until all options are exhausted. Once all attempts at locating a job are exhausted we will refund the program fee (less your deposit).
- Should you decide to 'drop out' due to the fact, you weren't offered a role at your first preference location, or your travelling partners were offered roles, and you weren't, you will forfeit your program fee. We are committed to finding you work in Canada... For us, the process is not completed until all avenues are completely exhausted.
IS A TWHC REPRESENTATIVE IN CANADA WHEN I ARRIVE?
Yes... we have a desk within the Samesun Hostel so we will meet you on arrival. We also host orientations to help you set up your Social Insurance Number (SIN), bank account and sim card, and much more, which will help the transition into your new home country a breeze. The Working Holiday Club™ representative will also host the meet and greet drinks with the other staff heading to the same location as yourself, so you get to make some new mates before heading up to your resort/hotel.
HOW DO I MEET OTHER APPLICANTS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL?
- We have specific and exclusive closed Facebook groups set up for each resort/hotel. It doesn't sound like much, but when you pool all these various applicants into one social environment, you're pooling lots of other peoples' experiences and stories.
- Many applicants organise to meet up in their cities with others before interviews, and then once job contracts are finalized, organize to travel with other crew mates on the same flights. Leaving home & family and arriving into a foreign country is less intimidating with a posse of mates beside you!
- Not to mention, it also helps to know some names (even if only socialise online) on arrival to Canada.
CAN I JUST DO IT MYSELF?
You can. However, it’s extremely risky and no doubt costly. The Resorts & Hotels have staffing needs of hundreds of employees and can’t leave it until the last minute to do their hiring in case they fall short. Subsequently, they use The Working Holiday Club™ to handle their candidate flow for international hires (international hiring numbers for Canadian employees are closely monitored and tracked by the Canadian Gov – there's not a bottomless pit for internationals to work in Canada).
- You might be able to score yourself a job at one of the local grocery stores, bakeries or restaurants, but without guaranteed hours, at $10.00 per hour, if you are only getting 15 hours per week that’s not even going to pay for your rent if you are not living in staff housing.
Here are some factors to take into consideration if you have decided to do it yourself.
- You will need to secure your work visa fast as their quotas are reached earlier each year.
- If you decide to work on in the ski resort, you will need to have accommodation before the resort offers you position.
- If you manage to secure employment with a local grocery or retail outlet on the mountain, your accommodation will be very expensive if any is even available for you to rent on min wage.
- You will need to fork out as much as $1800 for a season ski lift pass – local shops very rarely can offer you an annual pass for free.
- You will need to budget for a minimum of three weeks in a hostel while you jobs hunt
- For your interviews, you will need to travel to the resorts and pay for accommodation and flights. Very costly.
In a nutshell, those that DIY faces accommodation issues, ski lift pass cost, a lack of consistent and reliable work, and costly interview travel costs!
The Working Holiday Club™ offers you the security to have everything pre-arranged so that you have peace of mind when arriving in Canada. You're also guaranteed:
- instant income
- free season lift pass
- the roof over your head
- legal visa
- safe arrival into your new home
All you need to think about is what drink you're going to order at the Meet and Greet Party on arrival!
IS MY CURRENT RSA QUALIFICATION RECOGNISED IN CANADA?
No. Should applicants be working in any food and beverage role, an online certification will need to be obtained before arrival to commence employment. Each province in Canada has their version of RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol). This information will be clarified during this program, along with any other certifications.
WHAT IS THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE IN CANADA?
It’s different across the country. British Columbia is 19, Alberta is 18. Should you travel to the United States while working in Canada, you will need to obtain an ESTA visa to enter, and be aware that their drinking age is 21. There can be severe consequences should you be caught underage drinking!
CAN I APPLY FOR CANADA PROGRAMS IF I AM A UNI STUDENT?
- Yes... but be aware that Canadian employers consider university students pathological liars because they rarely commit to the entire season/job contract. Because of the poor reputation of uni students, applicants are required to obtain 'letters of deferment' to prove their commitment to this program and employment.
- If you are a uni student, remember that this experience is for potential employment for up to two years... don't waste this opportunity by only coming for six months, as the visa criteria have changed and recurring visas are now no longer available!
Need clarification? Give us a call... we'll help walk you through it!
WHY CAN I GET A WORKING VISA FOR CANADA WHEN I'M 18 BUT I AM NOT ABLE TO JOIN YOUR PROGRAM?
- Why do I have to be 19? The majority of 18-year-old applicants are fresh out of school and don't have enough personal savings and maturity to leave home and hold down a job overseas. Canadian employers are concerned that 18-year-olds won't take this opportunity seriously and might fail at their commitments, compared to their older counterparts.
- The majority of references supplied by 18-year-olds are from high schools, which, compared to older applicant references from employers, sets them at a serious disadvantage right off the bat!
- We have found the success rate of applicants 19 and older is exponentially higher & TWHC is about setting our candidates up for success.
- Again, we're talking about the majority of 18-year-olds, not all... but ultimately we had to draw a line in the sand... so you must be 19 by the time of the interviews in your home country!
- If you are 18 and want to do this program, get a job, work hard and save your money, and call us after your 19th birthday, or before if you have your birthday before interviews, and we'll get you sorted!
REFERENCE LETTERS – WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU REQUIRE?
We would like you to provide us with a maximum of one page, the minimum of two paragraph, a document on a company letterhead, or at very least with the employer’s business card. This will outline your length of employment, skills, duties, responsibilities, work attitude and their personal reflections on your work ethic and presence within their team.
**Please Note: Not all partners provide free season lift passes, particularly some hotels. Please check with The Working Holiday Club™ specialist team if your preferred employer comes with a free season lift pass.
CAN I TRAVEL THROUGH THE USA ON MY WAY TO CANADA?
The Department of Homeland Security USA will allow you to spend 90 days in the USA to travel at your wish on the ESTA visa. The moment you enter the States (even if you only transit through), whether it be for a day, a week or a month, your 90 days will begin and will not restart until you have left North America in it's entirety, which includes Mexico and Canada.
As a result, If you would like to travel to the USA for your ski or summer season and would then like to return to the USA after your season, you will need to apply for a B2 Visa. Ask your TWHC specialist on the best way to apply for this.
DO I NEED A CERTIFICATE IN INSTRUCTING TO BE A TEACHER?
It depends on the level you would like to teach and the resort you would like to teach at. Some of our resort partners do require you to have a certification while others do not. You will need to ask your interviewer or program coordinator about resort-specific information.
Most ski resorts have ski and boarding certification courses during the season and are not super expensive. Make sure that the certificate you are hoping to obtain is recognised in other countries so you can teach in other resorts, not just Canada. Usually, the more countries the certification is recognised in direct correlates to how expensive the course is. Do your research.
WHAT IF I AM OFFERED A POSITION I DON’T WANT?
Unfortunately, if you are offered a job and do not wish to accept it, then you will forfeit your program fee. Interviewers know their resorts/hotels better than you and will offer you a role that they determine to fit their requirements. Consider that the majority of our Canadian partners are large places of employment and getting a 'foot in the door' is just the first step to climbing the leadership ladder.
Guarantees & References
- Job Offer Pre-Departure or your Money Back
- 100% refund if you're not accepted for a position
Our Glass House Policy:
- We will provide you with all the information about our program before a fee is payable. Transperancy is our Key!
- We will publish in our employer profile page the rate of pay & cost of accomodation so that you can set realistic budgets.
- We will provide all the details we dicussed with you by phone in writing after you consulation call to review (No Pushy Sales)
- We can refer you to a Student Flights store anywhere in Austalia and New Zealand for you to purchase our packages in a face-to-face environment should you prefer to meet in person.
Industry References, so you know you're in safe hands!
Whistler Blackcomb Reference:
We have partnered with TWHC for 10 years now. We have worked with a few agencies over the years and now use TWHC exclusively. With honest two-way communication, the team really understands our business & consistently delivers top candidates for us to meet. Extremely organised & efficient, our time is always well spent & this has proven to be the most effective way to recruit great people. The team are true professionals & I would recommend them to anyone.
Silver Star Reference:
Silver Star have been working with The Working Holiday Club for many years now to assist us with our hiring. It is a challenge for any company to recruit large numbers of employees season after season, however, with the assistance of The Working Holiday Club we are able to fill these positions with a professional, reliable, engaged employee team. We feel that The Working Holiday Club are industry leaders in recruiting employees within the ski industry. The team at The Working Holiday Club understand the needs of each resort that they partner with, offering an honest service to both employer and employee. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Working Holiday Club as a friendly, welcoming and trustworthy company to work with.
Flight Centre Group Plc Reference:
This email is to acknowledge that Flight Centre Travel Group and The Working Holiday Club have been working together for over 5 years.
During this time we've found TWHC to be a solid, ethical, and completely above-board organisation, and furthermore have a strong business relationship with. We strongly value the partnership between our two organisations, and rely heavily on TWHC to provide our customers with a honest, and seamless customer experience.Our relationship extends across all retail brands within the Flight Centre Travel Group, including but not limited to Flight Centre, Student Flights, Escape Travel, and My Adventure Store.
Qualification Criteria And Canada Work Visa
Canadian Work Visa Eligibility & Assistance Provided
In order to be Eligible for a Canadian Working Holiday Visa you must:
- Be aged (18 - 31), Australians (18 - 35) Kiwis
- Have no criminal records
- Have no DUI’s with a BAR of 0.05 or over
- Have no serious driving convictions (Wreckless Driving, Driving on a disqualified Licence) VIC & QLD Residents Only
In order for applicants to secure Canadian employment, a Canadian Working Holiday Visa needs to be obtained in advance of your interview. TWHC will walk you through eveery facet of the working holiday visa process from start to finish.
- This application is completed via an online two section portal. We will walk you through absolutely every facet of this application process and are available 12 hours each day for phone support should you need it. Although to be fair the guide is so simplified it really makes the process a breeze.
- The Canadian Working Holiday Visa will cost $250 CAD which you will need to pay directly to the Canadian Consulate at the time of visa approval.
Program Timetable Season Start & End Date
Canada Summer Season Start & End Dates
- Whistler Blackcomb Resort - Early June to late September.
- The Four Seasons Resort & Residences, Whistler - usually mid-May until mid/late October.
- Lake Louise Resort: June - October
*Contracts can easily be extended from one season to the other but this will be based on your first season's work performance (so don’t pull too many sickies or come in smelling like a brewery every day).