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What You Get

Program Benefits

  • Confirmed Placement: CCUSA works hard to find just the right camp placement for your unique personality! 
  • Earn a set stipend: During the placement (8-10 week contract) you will receive a minimum (gross) stipend of:

Camp Counselors

Age Stipend
18 Years and Over  CA$2,000
* Counselors with a valid lifeguarding certificate will receive an additional $150 CAD.

Support Staff



18 Years and Over CA$2500
  • If your placement is shorter than 10 weeks, you will get full payment, but you will not get free room and board for a full 10 weeks only until the last day of work.
  • Camp Directors are encouraged to pay supervisory staff a higher salary. If a camp wants to hire you for longer than 10 weeks, they will send a separate contract for your approval.  
  • Under Canadian law, camps are required to deduct an average of 5% - 7% of your earnings as CPP and Unemployment insurance. You may not be able to claim this money back at the end of the year. 

Up to 10 Weeks Insurance Coverage

  • Included with the program! If your placement and arrival orientation is longer than 10 weeks you will need to extend the policy to cover the full work period and orientation at your own cost prior to departure. Click here for details.

Room and Board

  • Included with the program for the full duration of their work placement! 

Work Permit and Visa Requirements

2 Options: 

  • Employer Specific Visa: Participants applying for the employer specific camp counselor work permit will have support from our preferred Canadian licensed immigration consultant and/or their Camp’s immigration support services. This is an Additional AU$250 fee. You are responsible for the $155 CAD (if necessary) work permit fee and $85 CAD (if necessary) biometrics fee charged by the government. This visa only allows you to work at the Summer Camp you have been placed at. You can request some travel time after on top of this when you enter into Canada  
  • IEC VISA: Australian passport holders 18 - 35 are eligible for the International Exchange Canada (IEC) work permit (preferred option). The total cost for this permit is $341 CAD charged by the government (correct at time of printing). This is a one time only visa that last for up to 2 years. 

Canadian Social Insurance Number

  • Upon arrival in Canada all participants will receive instructions on how to obtain a Social Insurance Number that will allow them to work legally in Canada.  In some cases, we will even walk you there.  This is an easy process!

24 Hour Emergency Support from Experienced and Friendly Staff

  • The full-time staff at CCUSA is dedicated to giving you the very best service around. We have all experienced working and traveling overseas. We are just a phone call away if an emergency occurs at any time during your stay in Canada. You can count on friendly, personal service from any of our staff. A 24/7 emergency phone number will be given to you at your orientation.

Simple Online Application Form

  • When you decide to go and work in Canada you want to make it as simple and easy as possible! Follow this link to Apply Now.

Be a Part of a Unique Canadian Community

  • Canadian diversity provides the perfect atmosphere to develop lifelong camp friends from around the world and many camps have avenues to allow you to keep in touch with them for years to come.

Cultural Exchange

  • You are an ambassador for your country. You will have a unique opportunity to learn about other cultures as well as sharing your culture and unique skill sets with other campers and staff. International staff has been a staple in Canadian Summer Camps for many years and have left their stamp on many of our great camps.