New changes announced to the International Experience Canada program
On December 12, 2023, the Canadian Government updated the International Experience Canada program. This program fosters travel and work collaboration between Canada and other nations, assisting in arranging transportation, job hunting, and accommodation procurement.
The refreshed instructions from December 18 mirror the roster of organizations acknowledged by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada in 2018. Notable amendments include service adjustments, the omission of Memorial University of Newfoundland from the recognized organizations list, the inclusion of International Internship Network (IIN) and Languages Canada, updates to the designations and descriptions of AIESEC Canada, Go International, IAESTE, and International Rural Exchange/A-Way to Work, and clarifications on the IEC program’s participation counting methods.
The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship stated:
“Canada benefits when young people around the world participate in International Experience Canada. This program will help Canadian employers in their search for talented employees, but will also serve to stimulate the tourism sector across the country. We also hope that young Canadians will take advantage of the reciprocal aspect of this program to gain work and travel experience from around the world that will serve them throughout their lives.”
New bilateral agreements under the International Experience Canada program
On December 11, 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada announced updates to the International Experience Canada (IEC) bilateral agreements. The Government of Canada established new agreements with Iceland, while the youth mobility agreements with the UK and South Korea received updates for the 2024 season.
Crucial changes to note include UK applicants now having the opportunity to participate twice, amounting to a total of 36 months. South Korea has introduced the Young Professionals and International Co-op categories, allowing a repeat category. For Chilean applicants aiming for the International Co-op, it is mandatory to be registered at a Chilean school at the time of application.
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