Working Holidays

Working Holiday Visas for Canadians Going to France

Last Updated: November 2007

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To be eligible you must:

  • aged between 18 and 35 inclusive at the time of application
  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be resident in Canada at the time of application
  • not have previously participated in this Working Holiday Program
  • hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for 365 days
  • meet health and character requirements
  • not be accompanied by any dependent children

Visa Fee

No fee!

Proof of Funds

Applicants must be in possession of CDN$3,000 to be able to support their initial stay and must provide a letter from your bank to prove this (bank books or statements are not accepted). You must also have a return ticket or a minimum of CDN$1,000 to cover this.


There is a quota that resets each January.


The visa is valid for 12 months from the date of arrival.

Employment Restrictions

No known restrictions.


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

Check out this website for details on the application process. You can either apply in person at the consulate (generally processed the same day) or by post, sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope (usually processed within 2 weeks).

General Comments

Once employment is found in France you must apply for a temporary work permit (autorisation de travail provisoire) at the nearest Government Employment Service (Direction Départementale de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle). The work permit will immediately be granted for the expected duration of employment. The visa cannot be extended or changed to another category of visa while in France. Participants may study or take a training course in France without restriction.

Contact Details

Consulate General of France in Toronto
2 Bloor Street East
Suite 2200
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 1A8

Phone: (416) 925-8041




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