Work in Canada
Take the whole ‘office with a view’ thing to another level. Work as a lift attendant up the mountain, serve drinks by the Pacific Ocean or cook up a storm overlooking a turquoise lake. Who said an office had to have four walls?
Work Canada Winter Job Fairs Get hired this summer
From slope attendants in Banff to construction jobs in Vancouver, our Canada employers are recruiting for hundreds of 4-6 month ski and winter positions with November start dates. How it works: Book onto Work Canada Ultimate and we'll support you in entering the visa pool. Once you have your Invitation to Apply (ITA) log into your online account, check out available positions, and set up an interview. Interviews will take place via video during the three fairs (12-16 Jun, 10-14 Jul, 14-18 Aug). Already booked? Head to your online account for more info. Winning.
Pre-arranged seasonal jobs on our Ultimate option include ski attendant, lift host, spa attendant, line cook, front of house, receptionist, bar staff and more.
Wages vary across the country, but you can earn on average CAD $14.60 per hour (BC), $15.00 per hour (AB), $14.25 per hour (ON), $13.10 per hour (QC).
Average cost of living, based on sharing, is around CAD $750-1,100 per month (BC), $450-850 per month (AB), $500-800 per month (ON), $550-900 per month (QC).
The currency that all backpackers and afterwork drinkers understand, the average cost of a pint of beer is CAD $7 (BC), $6 (AB), $7 (ON), $6 (QC).
How we help BUNAC job support
Based in Toronto and Vancouver but able to assist you anywhere in Canada, our in-country teams take away the worry of settling in and the stress out of finding a job. Not just when you arrive, but for the whole duration of your stay.
What we include
- Three guaranteed interviews before you go with top resort employers in Whistler, Banff, Ontario and more resorts across Canada. (Ultimate only).
- Comprehensive job workshop when you land, including CV writing support.
- Access to our job database and accommodation listings for your whole visa.
- Arrival orientation with help opening a bank account and finding a place to live.
- Access to social events including ski trips, pub nights, kayaking and more.
- Work Canada handbook to prepare you for your trip
Why you need it
Why waste precious time in Canada finding your own job, when you can land the ultimate seasonal job before you go? We’ve worked for years with some of the top resorts in Canada, who each year look to employ seasonal workers from our Work Canada program. Our team make it easy and stress-free – guiding you through the process, sending you over the job openings, and setting up and prepping you for the video interviews.
What our Ultimate travellers say
My initial contract at Blue Mountain covered the winter season (Nov-Mar), but I found the experience was so amazing that I opted to extend my stay not once, but twice, being at the resort until the end of June! Over time I have become a more experienced seasonal worker and also enjoyed being able to apply gained skills and knowledge towards additional tasks, i.e. creation of staff reference material and training of the new summer intake.
After speaking with the team, I thought best to attend their Work Canada Ultimate Job Fair in August. They flew employers from huge ski resorts in Canada to London to hire international staff – it was such a great way to actually meet with the employers before starting my ski season! My first choice of employer was Four Seasons Resort in Whistler. I applied to be a hostess and was successful in the interview! I was really pleased as I knew my Canadian adventure was just about to start within a matter of months.
Without a doubt I would 100% do another ski season! My ski season was my absolute favourite part of my gap year, not only because, of course, I love skiing, but because of the amazing things I was able to experience and the incredible people I met. Vancouver was not too far from Whistler and the coach to get there was pretty cheap so that allowed me to branch out to visit other places.
The backpacker board
Our Ultimate travellers get access to hundreds of pre-arranged seasonal jobs with our Canada employers. Here are some of the most popular roles.
Where: Panorama Mountain Resort, BC
Job title: Lift Attendant
Pay: CAD $17.75/hr
Why: Hit new career heights
As far as jobs go, you’ve peaked. Checking the lift machinery and helping skiers and boarders to load and unload onto the lifts, you’re all about being safety conscious with a smile. (Not hard, just look around you). Clocking in more mountain time than a Yeti, you’ll build up extensive knowledge of the mountain and conditions of the runs.
- Previous lift operating experience is an asset.
- Intermediate skiing/boarding ability.
- Able to lift 20 lbs.
- First Aid training is an asset.
Where: Panorama Mountain Resort, BC
Job title: Guest Services Desk Agent
Pay: CAD $17.75/hr
Why: You're yoda in a uniform
Guest Services Agents know everything and everyone. A guest needs to know about events, services and winter activities? You know it. They want to book season passes and lift tickets? You make it happen. As the Swiss Army Knife of the ski resort, you must be versatile, have heaps of energy, and a love for customer-facing work.
- Previous customer service desk experience preferred.
- University/college qualifications relating to recreation or business hospitality preferred.
- Administrative experience in systems set up preferred.
- Experience in guest relations and cash handling a must.
Where: Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Job title: Server
Pay: CAD $13.44/hr + tips
Why: Foodies (and tips) rule
You binge watch MasterChef, have seen enough Sex In The City to know what’s in a Cosmo and are passionate about working in the only Forbes Five Star Resort in Canada. Reflecting the Four Season’s exacting and luxury standards, you’re the consummate professional – anticipating guests’ needs before even they know they need a refill.
- Serving it Right Certificate.
- Previous experience in a luxury hotel and/or restaurant.
- Fluent English (written, spoken and reading).
- Strong commitment to service.
Where: Marmot Basin Resort, Jasper NP
Job title: Retail Sales Associate
Pay: CAD $15/hr
Why: It's the Rockies, duh.
What's instore working as a retail associate? Well for a start, you'll be located in the heart of Jasper National Park. Work life is being friendly, diligent and great with customers. Afterwork life is skiing one of the most spectacular resorts in Canada. Work wins all around.
- Must be enthusiastic and good with people.
- Kind and approachable.
- Retail experience is an asset.
- Worked on a team before.
Where: Clique Hotel & Resort
Job title: Housekeeper
Pay: CAD $18-$25/hr
Why: Get your clean freak on
When it comes to seasonal jobs, we're all about the housekeeping roles. The physical work will keep you fit, you'll work as part of a team, and shifts often tend to be in the morning and daytime - giving you plenty of time on the mountain.
- No experience, happy to train the right candidate.
- Previous customer service and housekeeping experience is an asset.
- Must be available to work a flexible schedule including overtime when required.
- Successul applications must be able to bend, lift, push and pull with ease. This is a very physical and demanding position requiring lifting 25 lbs, and pushing up to 50lbs.
Where: Sun Peaks Resort, BC
Job title: Rental Technician
Pay: CAD $18/hr
Why: You're the perfect fit
As a rental technician, you're at the heart and sole of the resort. Heck, you're the magician of the foot world - people arrive with regular shoes and leave with boots, boards and skis. You can adjust to busy situations and you're a great fit in any team. Stopping with the ski rental foot jokes now...
- Minimum 18 years of age.
- Experience and a good understanding of cash handling and POS systems.
- Outgoing and friendly personality, with the ability to work with the guest under pressure ad routine situations.
- Polished interpersonal and organisational skills.
- Previous working experience and ability to deal with the stressful situations arising in high volumee ski rental outlet.
- Experience with repair, adjustment and maintenance of skis and snowboards.
Where you'll start Get a room
The Essential and Ultimade include two nights' accommodation when you touch down in our favourite hostels. Need extra bed nights? Let the team know and we'll hook you up.
Planet Traveler, Toronto
- Rooftop bar to meet other travellers
- Best neighbourhoods on your doorstep
- Run on cool-to-be-kind green energy
- Grab a beer at the hostel's taphouse
- Located amongst the hype of Granville
- Colourful graffiti and bare brick vibes
- The closest hostel to the action in Banff
- Cheap beer and bites onsite at the Beaver Bar
- Communal spaces and kitchens to hang
Meet the employers
On the dream job finding matrix, a ski or summer season job in Canada is off the scale. East Coast vs West Coast? Check out two of our tried-and-trusted seasonal employers.
Job search: Traveller seeks competitive salary, subsidised lift pass and world-class aprés-work ski. Results: Secure a pre-arranged job before you go at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler.
Job search: Traveller seeks competitive salary, free lift pass and weekday ski or snowboard lessons. Results: Secure a pre-arranged job before you go at the Blue Mountain Resort Ontario.