Every year hundreds of Australian travellers head to Canada on the International Experience Canada (IEC) program for a one or two-year working holiday.
Between trekking and hiking in scenic Jasper National Park and the Rocky Mountains, hitting the slopes in Whistler, white water rafting on the Yukon, or kayaking on one of Canada’s thousands of pristine lakes, there’s so much to do and see you’ll certainly never be bored on your days off!
The IEC program only accepts a limited number of participants each year, so it’s important to make sure you meet the strict visa and work permit requirements so you don’t miss out.
Fast Cover’s working holiday travel insurance provides high-quality cover for travellers who want to experience living and working in Canada for up to two years on the IEC program.
Below we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about purchasing travel insurance for your IEC working holiday visa.
Can I get a two-year travel insurance policy with Fast Cover?
In short, yes!
We provide travel insurance policies to heaps of Aussies heading to Canada for the IEC program every year.
As long as you meet the eligibility criteria to buy travel insurance from us, we can provide a policy for up to two years through policy extension.
Initially we are only able to issue you with a 12-month policy. Then, from your policy start date, you can login to the Your Policy section of our website and extend it up to the full two years. The date changes are instantaneous and you'll be able to download your updated certificate immediately showing your new cover dates.
You can also contact us via phone or reply to your policy email to arrange this extension for you.
Alternatively, after you purchase a 12-month policy with us, you can request a letter confirming your eligibility to extend the policy up to two years.
How much does a two-year travel insurance policy cost?
To get an idea of the approximate cost for a two-year policy, just double the quote you have for the first 12 months. However, keep in mind that insurance prices do change over time. If you delay extending your policy, you may find it ends up being more expensive to purchase your second-year policy down the track.
To help you save on your IEC travel insurance, Fast Cover will honour any discounts you received on the initial purchase when you extend your policy for the second year.
Do Fast Cover policies meet the IEC work permit requirements?
Yes! Our Basics, Standard Saver, Comprehensive & Snow Sports Plus policy options all include medical, hospitalistion and repatriation cover that fulfills the IEC visa requirements.
Fast Cover policies also include 24 hour Overseas Emergency Assistance for IEC travellers.
For more information about the International Experience Canada insurance requirements, visit the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) website.
What is repatriation insurance?
Repatriation is included under the Overseas Emergency Medical and Hospital Expenses benefit, and provides cover for emergency medical transport and related expenses if you become seriously ill or injured overseas and need to be returned home to Australia for treatment.
The Overseas Emergency Medical and Hospital Expenses benefit also provides up to $15,000 AUD cover for the repatriation of your remains to Australia if the worst should happen and you are killed overseas.
Check the benefit tables below for more information about the different levels of cover available: