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Benefits and Costs

Program Benefits

Confirmed Placement

CCUSA works hard to find just the right camp placement for your unique personality! 

Up to 10 Weeks Insurance Coverage Included

Included with your program is up to ten weeks of insurance coverage. If your placement and arrival orientation is longer than 10 weeks, you will be responsible for paying the additional cost of insurance coverage over 10 weeks, which must be done prior to departure for your trip.

Free Room and Board

All participants will receive free room and board for the full duration of their work placement.

Earn a set stipend

Pocket money varies according to your age, experience and qualifications, but you can expect to earn during an 8-10 week contract):

Camp Counselors

Age Stipend
18 Years CA$1400
19 - 20 Years CA$1600
21+ Years CA$1800
* Counselors with a valid lifeguarding certificate will receive an additional $150 CAD.

Support Staff

Age Stipend
18 Years CA$1800
19 - 20 Years CA$2000
21+ Years CA$2100

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.

Work Permit and Visa Requirements

Participants will be required to obtain a work permit, and possibly a visa depending on their citizenship (s) and/or countries lived.  Your are responsible for all associated costs for the visa/work permit.  Though not required, you are at liberty to obtain immigration services on your own, or you will have the opportunity to use services provided by your camp or CCUSA's preferred Canadian immigration firm, depending on where you are placed.  

Costs and Options

  • $85 CAD biometrics (everyone pays this)
  • One of two work permit options:
    • $155 CAD for an employer specific work permit payable at the Canadian border (some camp placements are exempted from this fee).  This work permit allows you to work at one camp only and does not guarantee a grace period for extra post camp Canadian travel.  More information will be provided after your placement is confirmed.
    • or $250 CAD for the 1-2 year International Experience Canada Working Holiday.  Support Staff candidates must obtain the Working Holiday.  You must apply for this yourself, and numbers are limited to a certain amount each year.  Please see: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/iec/application-process-glance.html for more details.

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.

What You Pay

Program Fees

The table below displays the fees for the Camp Counselors Canada program.

First Time Camp Counselors Canada Fees
Application Fee €45
Acceptance Fee €345
TOTAL €390
  • Application Fee is non-refundable
  • If full payment is not received within 15 days of acceptance, you will incur a non-refundable €50 surcharge.
  • Applications submitted after March 15th incur a €50 surcharge
Returnee Program Fees
Program Fee €299 (includes up to 10 weeks insurance)
You Earn *Negotiate your salary directly with your Camp Director
*You accept responsibility for negotiating your desired salary directly with your camp director!

Supplemental Costs

The following fees are in addition to CCUSA's program fee costs and set by independent bodies

  • Work permit (Up to $250 CAD)
  • International Flights
  • Police check (Garda Police Certificate)
  • Physician’s completed Health History Form