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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.


You must be between the ages of 18 and 35 when making the initial application.

For Agriculture placements, you must have a minimum of two years’ practical experience driving farm machinery and/or handling farm animals.  Education in agriculture or as a mechanic is an asset, but not required.

For Horticulture placements, you must have a minimum of two years’ practical experience and/or education in horticulture.

You are required to hold a valid driver’s license from your home country. An international driver’s license may also be required.

If accepted to this program, you will be required to provide criminal record checks to the Canadian government - from your home country and all other countries you visited for more than 6 months within the past 5 years.

You may not bring a spouse or dependent child to Canada on this program.

Large Crop Farms (800 -10000 hectares)
Mixed Crop and Beef Farms
Cattle Ranches
Dairy Farms
Home Management (rural)
Home Management with Farm Chores
Sheep Farms (very limited)
Market Gardens (very limited)
Greenhouse (very limited)

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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Due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, we are suspending all trips and programs until at least September 30 2020. You can still send through your enquiries for travel after this date and we will assess our posponement period constantly.Enquire Here
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