IRCC opened the IEC season 2023

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IRCC opened the IEC season 2023

IRCC opened the IEC season 2023 On January 9, 2023, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Sean Fraser announced that the 2023 IEC season had opened for international youths who want to brain a work experience in Canada. Individuals currently registered as part of the IEC will shortly be invited to apply. 


Canada has youth mobility arrangements with 36 nations, providing youth aged 18-35 from Canada’s partner countries the opportunity to travel and work in Canada for up to two years. As announced on December 1, 2022, Canada will welcome nearly 90,000 international youth through the IEC in 2023. The Canadian government assists employers in filling open positions by allowing more foreign youth to work and travel in Canada.


The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announcement about the IEC Season on December 1, 2022:

“Our government is supporting more foreign youth in working and traveling in Canada, so helping employers, primarily those in the tourism sector, in filling open positions. In particular, in areas like Banff that need seasonal workers, we are boosting our economy and assisting our businesses by providing youth with the opportunity to experience international travel and employment.”


Minister of Women, Gender Equality, and Youth, the Honorable Marci Ien says:

“Youth from other countries contribute so much to our nation. International youth benefit communities across Canada by promoting cross-cultural connections and assisting our businesses in flourishing. The announcement made on December 1, 2022, will help the tourism sector, which needs to address labor shortages, while also giving young people the chance to learn about Canadian cultures, languages, and societies”.


What are Canada’s youth mobility arrangements? 

Through the IEC program, Canada has agreements with 36 countries and foreign territories that allow youth from those countries to work and travel for up to two years in Canada. Depending on their country, participants’ ages range from 18 to 35.

There are three ways to participate in the program:


Working Holiday

For people who want the freedom to work for any employer in Canada, a working holiday visa is suitable. Applicants who are admitted into this program also receive an open work permit. This implies that you can change occupations and residences while staying in Canada. You receive an open work permit if you are on a working holiday. This enables employment with almost any employer in Canada. 

Young Professionals

Those who apply under this category may work for a Canadian company and obtain work experience there. Candidates need to have a valid job offer from Canada in order to apply. However, as this program offers an employer-specific work visa, you are required to work there for the same company.

International Co-op 

You will get an employer-specific work visa if you come under the international co-op (internship) category. Your intended internship in Canada must be directly related to your area of study. The province or territory in which you’ll be working must obey its labor rules regarding wages and working conditions. Whether or not an internship must be paid will depend on the province’s or territory’s labor code.


What countries are eligible for International Experience Canada?

You can read details about the eligible countries for International Experience Canada at our latest blog 


Eligibility requirements for IEC

In order to apply under the IEC, candidates must:

  • own a passport or be a citizen of one of the 36 countries with which Canada has youth mobility own a passport or be a citizen of one of the 36 countries with which Canada has youth mobility agreements.
  • have a passport that remains valid while they are visiting Canada.
  • Depending on the applicant’s nationality, be between the ages of 18 to 35 (inclusive) and within the acceptable age range at the time of application.
  • have the choice to buy health insurance for the duration of their stay.
  • able to enter Canada.
  • hold (before leaving) a round-trip ticket or the money to buy one when their permitted stay in Canada comes to an end.
  • not have any dependents with them. and make the necessary fees.


To find out more details about “IRCC opened the IEC season 2023 ” you can contact one of our immigration specialists at  Gunness & Associates.


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