In order to qualify for the Odyssey program, you must:
- have solid English-language skills, both oral and written. They are a must-have skill set. English proficiency must be as strong as if it were your first language;
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (those studying in Canada on a student visa are not eligible);
- have completed, by the start of your work term and within the last 10 years, at least one full year of postsecondary studies, college, or university. If you are completing studies in Quebec, you must have completed two years of college-level studies or one year of university within the last 10 years. For studies done outside of Canada, you will also need to submit a formal assessment of your academic credentials.
There is no age limit for participation in Odyssey, but you do need to meet all eligibility requirements.
There are no French-language-skill requirements to apply for the Odyssey program, but some basic oral and spoken skills in your second official language are always a great asset.
A driver’s licence is not a requirement for selection. However, in some regions, having a licence is preferable.
The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) thanks all candidates for their interest in Odyssey. Please note that decisions regarding eligibility for the participation in the program are made by the relevant provincial and territorial ministries/departments responsible for education or postsecondary education and are also subject to the participating educational institutions’ policies, practices, and regulations. A candidate may be declared ineligible for participation in the program at any time including but without limitation if the candidate (i) has been previously dismissed from the program for any reason, (ii) does not or ceases to meet the eligibility criteria for or the conditions for participation in the program, (iii) does not meet any requirement or condition of the relevant provincial and territorial ministries/departments responsible for education or postsecondary education or of the participating educational institutions’ policies, practices, and regulations.