On November 14, 2022, the Canadian government announced a new Youth Mobility Agreement with Italy to expand employment opportunities for Canadian and Italian youth.
This agreement allows Canadian and Italian youth to apply for international work and travel opportunities through the International Experience Canada Program. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate. Eligible applicants will be allowed to work and travel for a total of 24 months. The program is divided into three sections:
- The Working Holiday program: this program provides participants with an open work permit, allowing them to work anywhere in the host country to fund their travel.
- The International Co-op (Internship) program: this program provides participants with an employer-specific work permit that allows students to obtain targeted experience in a field of study of their choice.
- The Young Professional program: this program provides participants with an employer-specific work permit in order to gain directed, professional work experience in a particular field of study or career path.
Canada and Italy have long been youth mobility partners, supporting international work and travel opportunities. The program also assists youth in exploring new cultures, languages, and societies, all while developing life skills and improving their future job prospects.
This agreement with Italy creates new opportunities for future work and travel, strengthens our people-to-people ties, and improves labor market access for Canadian and Italian youth.
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