The companies and products listed below are ones I personally use (or have used) when travelling or exploring. In the working holiday section, there are a few services mentioned that I am unable to use myself due to nationality reasons but it is my personal belief that they are worth using.
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Working holiday resources
Everything you need to know about going on a working holiday in Canada. PDF eBook written by Gemma, updated every six months
True Traveller provides long stay policies to permanent residents of EEA countries such as the UK, Ireland, France and Germany (no minimum residency requirements). Unlimited visits home are allowed and winter sports coverage is available.
Transferwise is an online money transfer service. I use Transferwise regularly to transfer money between the UK and Canada. It has low transfer fees and an excellent exchange rate.
Helpful Facebook discussion and support group for working holiday participants in Canada. Administrated by Gemma, over 4000 members
Fast Cover has an IEC specific policy with unlimited trips home for Australian residents. An initial 12-month policy can be purchased and then extended for another 12 months on the departure date, totalling the 24 months needed for the IEC program.
Currencyfair is another online money transfer service. Fixed 3 Euro transfer fee and 0 to 0.5% (total transfer amount) service charge. The link above offers one free money transfer!
Taxback.com is an international tax filing service that can complete your Canadian tax return for you. 5% discount with this link
DU Insure has a specific 23 month IEC policy for New Zealand residents. There are two levels of IEC policy available, one with winter sports coverage and a standard one without. Similar policy also available for Australians residents here
Koodo is my preferred Canadian cell phone service provider. Their month-to-month plans are reasonably priced and flexible. Use this link for a discount on your first bill!
General travel resources
We use Airbnb as a fun and reasonably priced alternative to hotels. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, use the link above to sign up and receive a discount on your first booking.
Travel insurance from World Nomads is available for travellers from over 140 countries. Easy to buy online, policies can also be started if you’ve already started travelling.
Outdoor gear recommendations coming soon!