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Canada is a very big country, and farms are often several kilometers apart, and 10-30 kilometers from the nearest town. It is very important that you have a driver’s license and can drive well if you want to come to Canada as a trainee.
Some host farms have cars or trucks that their trainees are able to use (or lease from the farm for a low cost).
Some trainees prefer to buy their own vehicles while they are in Canada.
If you are able to arrive in Canada by the middle of April, you would be able to attend the Annual Training and Orientation Seminar. Trainees often organize informal gatherings with each other on weekends and travel together during their holidays.
Trainees in Canada for at least six months are able to take three weeks of unpaid holidays in Canada. Most hosts prefer that those holidays be taken in July, but sometimes other months are better.
We also provide a trainee directory, so that you can find trainees in your area.
Often, trainees take holidays together and visit the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast, or Niagara Falls and larger cities such as Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal. Canada is such a large country that it would take at least 8 days just to drive across the country, not allowing much time for stops. It is usually best to plan on visiting one region of the country.
Some trainees also like to take their holidays in the United States. If you are from a Western European country, or Australia or New Zealand, you do not need a visa to enter the United States as a tourist, but it is best to register with ESTA before entering the United States.
You will earn an hourly wage during the work placement. Wages are set by International Rural Exchange Canada.
The wage is paid by the host employer. Host employers deduct taxes from your wage as required by the Canadian government.
Most trainees in Canada live in the farmyard with the host family. Many would have a room in the family home, and some would have a separate house or trailer. Meals are usually eaten with the family, but sometimes, trainees do their own cooking
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