International Applicants

International Applicant Information

Spending some time in Canada at Muskoka Woods will be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. If you are looking for a unique overseas experience and are up for the challenge, we would love to have you among our “Best and Brightest” staff.

Muskoka Woods:

  • Is a place like no other
  • Has unmatched activity choices for guests
  • Is led by trustworthy staff
  • Is more fun than you can imagine

Legal Status in Canada:

Immigration papers/documents are needed in order to work and earn money in Canada.
Your options are:

1. International Experience Canada Program (IEC) (working holiday visa):
This visa is appropriate for applicants who wish to stay in Canada for 1 – 2 years and work for multiple employers anywhere within Canada. The IEC process requires filling out an online profile which then goes into a “pool”. According to their website the wait can be days, weeks or months.. If successful, you will then receive an acceptance, and further paperwork. Biometrics (fingerprints) are required. You do not need a “job offer” from Muskoka Woods or any other paperwork. You should consider applying for this work permit as early as possible since the wait can be lengthy. The cost for the IEC Visa is approximately $150.00 CDN.

2. Exemption from Labour Market Impact Assessment – International Mobility Program – Unique work situations:
This work permit is perfect for people who wish to work for Muskoka Woods for 1 – 4 seasons and then plan to return home. You would not be allowed to work for any other employer while on this work permit. It will be granted upon arrival in Canada – however, you will need an Employee number and paperwork that will be provided by Muskoka Woods. Instructions and documents will be sent to you once you have been offered a job, and you have signed your contract. Preparation time is required, so do not delay in submitting your Muskoka Woods application. This work permit is free.

Payroll Policy

Once hired, international staff will be considered employees and must obtain a Social Insurance Number and complete a TD1 Tax Form to document their status in Canada for tax purposes.

  • The TD1 form questions are included in the onboarding section of your online profile.
  • The Social Insurance Number can be obtained at the airport or will be arranged by Muskoka Woods.

**Please note: International staff will be subject to non-resident Canada tax laws.


Year Round Employees (winter, spring & fall) are required to open a Canadian bank account and may choose between receiving a cheque or having their pay deposited directly into an account.

Summer Camp Employees (non leadership) will receive 3 paycheques throughout the course of the summer. They may either open a Canadian bank account OR they can sign up to have their cheques cashed in our business office throughout the course of the summer.

Medical Insurance:

If an employee is injured while “on the job”, the cost of the injuries will be covered under WSIB (Workplace Safety & Insurance Board). However, if he/she is injured while not working, or if an international staff member becomes ill and requires a visit to the hospital (including any surgeries or dental emergencies, prescriptions) then their expenses would not be covered. We require all International staff to obtain personal medical/travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Canada and upload proof of coverage in their onboarding.

Manulife is a company we have used before, however, employees may source their own.

*Please note: Individuals staying longer than 6 months with a valid work permit may apply for an Ontario Health Card after working and living in Ontario for 6 months.

Travelling while in Canada:

If you are on the “Muskoka Woods specific” work permit, you may travel before and after your contract as long as you are not earning money while in Canada and you have the Electronic Travel Authorization (which you would apply for before you travel).

What to do:

Now that you know a little bit about work permits, pay, travelling and medical insurance, we’re hoping you will consider working at Muskoka Woods. Here are the few easy steps that you’ll need to follow.

Step 1 – Fill out an online application

Step 2 – Once your references have been submitted and your application is reviewed, candidates will receive an invitation by email to book a Skype interview with a member of the HR team.

Step 3 – If successful, a contract/job offer will be emailed to you. You will need to sign/acceot your contract within a week. (additional time may be granted on an individual basis)

Step 4 – Onboarding: All onboarding paperwork must be completed on your online profile.

Step 5 – Work Permit paperwork will be sent – For those applying for a Muskoka Woods specific work permit, our HR team will then send all the appropriate details and paperwork for you to to submit when you cross the border into Canada.

Step 6 – You’re on our team!!!

Why not consider multi-season employment?  Muskoka Woods is a great place to spend your gap year!  Apply now to spend one, two, three or four seasons at Muskoka Woods!

If you have any questions, you may contact Diane Huff –