Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2023 18:21:32 +0000
The International Experience Canada (IEC) program is now open to welcome international youth to Canada.
Through the IEC program, Canada has youth mobility arrangements with 36 countries and foreign territories that allow youth from partner countries to work and travel in the country for up to 2 years. Youth who are between 18 to 35 (18 to 30 in some countries) can come work and travel in Canada through this program.
If your country does not feature in the list, you could explore the option of coming to Canada through the IEC program if you use an eligible Recognized Organization. Click here for the list of organizations. Programs such as these can help you get to know Canada, especially for those who could be considering future immigration opportunities.
Applicants who are already in the IEC pool will begin receiving invitations to apply for their work permit.
This year, Canada will be extending this opportunity to nearly 90,000 international youth. This expansion will also help Canadian employers find the workers they need to fill labour shortages across the country.
Immigration minister Sean Fraser calls this a “win-win”. “Our government supports international youth to work and travel in Canada, effectively helping employers find the workers they need. By giving youth the opportunity to gain international travel and work experience, we are strengthening our economy and creating a win-win solution for everyone involved,” he says.