Ciara Kenny

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Survey: Have you spent time on a Canadian working holiday?

Crosscare is collating information to assist Irish people leaving for Canada next year. Can you help?

Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 17:00


2014 will see 10,700 Canadian working holiday visas issued to Irish nationals, the largest ever allocation. The application process is expected to start sometime in late January. Based on last year, when the quota of 6,000 visas was snapped up in just 48 hours, we expect these visas to be taken up very quickly.

Crosscare Migrant Project is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs to provide information and support to intending Irish emigrants. Over the next few weeks we will be asking Irish people who have spent some time on a working holiday visa in Canada in 2013 what advice they would give their fellow Irish men and women who will be making the journey for the first time in 2014.

Over the Christmas period many people either in the local pub, at Christmas gatherings or via Facebook or other online media will be sharing their experiences with next year’s prospective emigrants. This exercise is about collating some of those key messages that will be communicated by so many across the country over the next month. We are conducting a very brief online survey which has five core questions on employment, accommodation, social life, organisational support and general advice. Your own views and experiences are key in this survey.

We will gather the answers and publish an advice report to coincide with the opening of the 2014 Canadian working holiday visa allocation process in late January. We hope this report will take some of the uncertainty out of the move to Canada in 2014 and make the journey and experience a safer and more supported one. To do this we need as many participants as possible to fill out this 5 minute online survey. Please send this survey to anyone you know who has spent some time in Canada on a working holiday visa in 2013.

The survey is at this link:

For more information contact Joe O’Brien at, or see