Majestic mountain ranges, awesome snow, warm summers and some of the most friendly people on earth, spending time in Canada is a joy at anytime of the year! Work in this welcoming country in some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery on Earth.

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Projects in Canada

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Jobs

Whistler 4-week Ski or Snowboard Instructor Course

Whistler 11-week Ski or Snowboard Instructor Course

Marmot Basin 11-week CSIA Ski Instructor Course

Marmot Basin 11-week CASI Snowboard Instructor Course

Whistler Blackcomb Ski School support jobs

Winter Hospitality work in Tremblant

Winter Hospitality work in The Rockies

Whistler Hospitality jobs

Summer Hospitality work in The Rockies

Summer Hospitality work in Tremblant

Summer Hospitality work in Jasper

If you are looking to get paid work on your gap year or career break, Canada is quite possibly one of the most exciting places that you could go. A good wage, stunning scenery and the English language all make this one of the best places in the world to spend your gap year working! An Oyster job in Canada gives you the perfect combination of earning money, improving your skiing and having a fantastic social life on your gap year.

You have probably heard the phrase ‘Work hard, play hard’ before. Well, we think this phrase must have come from Canada. All of the employers that we work with expect you to work hard and to a high standard. You will be required to be punctual, well presented and polite. By the same token, your employer will also want you to make the most of your days off work. One thing is for sure, there will be plenty of ways to spend your hard-earned wages in Canada! At the end of the season you will be in a fantastic location so why not take the time to explore a bit further afield.

Just want to say thank you for all your help, you made my arrangements to get to Canada very easy and journey smooth and stress free – Jake, Canada participant

Our resorts

Choose between 4 awesome resorts in which to spend your gap year or career break for either the winter or summer season:


Regularly voted the #1 ski resort in North America and host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Whistler Blackcomb is a world-class resort. What we love about Whistler is the amount of terrain that is available, the high levels of customer service and that everything is within easy walking distance.

Whistler is located 2 hours north of Vancouver in the Coast Mountain Range. With over 8000 acres of skiable terrain, the resort enjoys an annual average snowfall of over 11 meters!

If you have a great sense of humour, childcare experience and are a confident skier, why not get paid to ski on your gap year with our popular Whistler Blackcomb Ski School jobs? Alternatively, secure a job working in one of the many mountain restaurants or high end hotels in Whistler village.

If you are looking to qualify as a ski or snowboard instructor, but don’t have a work permit, you can participate on our 4 or 11 week instructor programmes.

The Rockies

We’ve been sending people to work in The Rockies since 2000 and have developed links with a number of employers in the hotel industry who enjoy having our participants work for the winter, summer or even both!

The Rocky Mountains are an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. With awesome snow in the winter and warm sunshine in the summer, it is easy to see why!

The employers we work with are mostly located in the town of Banff – the hub of this part of The Rockies. We also have links with hotels that are located in the less populated areas in between Calgary and Banff as well as Lake Louise.


We’ve been sending people to work in French-speaking Tremblant since 2006 and have links with a number of great employers in the food and beverage/hospitality industry.

This part of Canada is a great place to spend a season. You get to experience a different way of life, living with the mix of French and English speakers. On all of our Tremblant programmes we include French lessons to help you on your way. Tremblant is close enough for visits to Ottawa and Montreal, and you can even get a coach to New York for a few days!

Tremblant in the winter is a skier’s paradise. Mont Tremblant has slopes suitable for all levels of skier/boarder. This part of Canada can get bitterly cold but the blue-sky days are awesome, the views are pretty good too!

During the summer, the weather is warm and sunny. This attracts tourists from all over the world who want to enjoy the mountain biking, trekking, tobogganing, lakes and the Ironman Competition.


Jasper boasts small town charm with all the adventure activities you could want. A great place to work and live for a summer season or to become a ski instructor during the winter.

If you want to immerse yourself in an authentic Canadian Mountain town, Jasper is the ideal place to live for a season. Situated 90 minutes drive away from the nearest town, you get a real chance to become a part of this small community, whose population ranks at just over 4000 people. Jasper is within sight of four mountain ranges and the views are pretty spectacular (imagine waking up to mountain views every day!).

The journey between Calgary and Jasper has been ranked in the National Geographic list of the 10 ‘Drives of a Lifetime’.

On our programmes you get to spend a whole season somewhere most people are lucky to say they’ve been to for a week.


IEC Work Permit

Each year the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) department releases a limited number of Working Holiday Permits. Applying for and securing a Work Permit is your responsibility however we encourage you to apply to Oyster early to get your interview and job offer before receiving help securing your permit. You need to be aged between 18 and 30 on the day the CIC receives your application. Therefore Oyster can only take bookings from people that will be aged at least 18 in the January of the departure year to stand the best chance of being able to get a Work Permit before they run out.

The 2016 IEC Working Holiday application process closed on the 29th July 2016 for UK passport holders. We expect news of the 2017 system to be released towards the end of 2016.

The IEC Working Holiday Permit is available to citizens of 32 countries including the UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Norway.

To submit your profile, visit the International Experience Canada (IEC) webpage.

You will need to be able to demonstrate that you can cover your expenses in Canada and must arrive in Canada with the equivalent of $2500 in your bank account. These are the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Department.

If you miss out on a Canadian Work Permit, you can still participate on either of our 11 week instructor programmes in Whistler or Jasper, depending on whether you are a skier or a snowboarder. These are purely instructor courses without a job; therefore a tourist visa is all that you need.

Country highlights

  • Distinct seasons – warm sunny summers and cold snowy winters!
  • Spectacular mountain scenery.
  • Super-friendly people.
  • World-class ski and summer resorts.
  • Bi-lingual English and French.

Why Choose Oyster?

  • Experienced reps in each of our resorts
  • We are proud that 28% of participants have come to us through word of mouth
  • We have been working with many employers since 2000.