International Experience Canada (IEC) program is now open to welcome international youth to Canada

January 9, 2023 – Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the International Experience Canada (IEC) season is now open to international youth who have expressed interest in gaining work and travel experience in Canada. Those who are already in the IEC pool will begin receiving invitations to apply for their work permit.

International youth contribute valuable and diverse skills to Canada’s economy when they come from abroad to gain meaningful work and life experiences here. Similarly, Canadian youth benefit from working and travelling abroad and coming home with an international perspective.

This year, Canada will be extending this opportunity to nearly 90,000 international youth, as announced on December 1, 2022. This expansion will help Canadian employers find the workers they need to fill labour shortages across the country.

Canada has a long-standing history of supporting Canadian and international youth to travel and work abroad. IEC helps youth explore new cultures, languages and societies, all while developing life skills and improving their job prospects for the future.

“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.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Facts about the International Experience Canada (IEC) program

  • IEC is a reciprocal program that allows Canadian and international youth to work and travel in each other’s countries
  • On December 19, 2022, the IEC pools opened to allow international youth to create an online profile.
  • While Canadian youth can apply for the program year-round, international candidates can only apply at certain times of the year, typically December until fall.
  • Canada has youth mobility arrangements with 36 countries and foreign territories through the IEC program that allow youth from Canada’s partner countries to work and travel in Canada for up to 2 years. The age of participants ranges from 18 to 35, depending on their country.
  • The program has 3 participation categories: 
    • Working Holiday participants receive an open work permit that allows them to work anywhere in the host country to support their travels.
    • International Co-op (Internship) participants receive an employer-specific work permit that allows students to gain targeted experience in their field of study.
    • Young Professionals participants receive an employer-specific work permit to gain targeted, professional work experience that is within their field of study or career path.

List of eligible countries for International Experience Canada:

 

Country Age limit Working Holiday Young Professionals International Co-op (Internship)
Andorra 18 to 30 Yes No No
Australia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Austria 18 to 30 Yes Yes Yes
Belgium 18 to 30 Yes No No
Chile 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Costa Rica 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Croatia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Czech Republic 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Denmark 18 to 35 Yes No No
Estonia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
France 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Germany 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Greece 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Hong Kong SAR 18 to 30 Yes No No
Ireland 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Italy 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Japan 18 to 30 Yes No No
Korea, Republic 18 to 30 Yes No No
Latvia Republic 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Lithuania 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Luxembourg 18 to 30 Yes Yes Yes
Mexico 18 to 29 Yes Yes Yes
Netherlands 18 to 30 Yes Yes No
New Zealand 18 to 35 Yes No No
Norway 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Poland 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Portugal 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
San Marino 18 to 35 Yes No No
Slovakia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Slovenia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Spain 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Sweden 18 to 30 Yes Yes Yes
Switzerland 18 to 35 No Yes Yes
Taiwan 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Ukraine 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
United Kingdom 18 to 30 Yes No No

Source : CIC NEWS

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