Canada updated IEC bilateral agreements with Italy

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IEC bilateral agreements

Canada updated IEC bilateral agreements with Italy. On December 13, 2022, the Government of Canada introduced new updates related to the International Experience Canada (IEC) bilateral agreements with Italy. Canada has signed an updated youth mobility agreement (YMA) with Italy, which has been in effect since November 2022. 

Italian youth can come to Canada under the Young Professionals and International Co-op (internship) categories. Under the bilateral agreement, applicants are eligible for two participations of up to twelve months each. Additionally, applicants are allowed to apply for the same category twice.


The International Experience Canada (IEC)

The International Experience Canada (IEC) program offers three categories of participation through bilateral agreements and arrangements:

  • Working Holiday (travel and work): Participants are allowed to apply for an open work permit, which will let them work for any employer or location in Canada to subsidize their stay as they travel and explore the country.
  • Participants in the Young Professionals (career development) program are able to apply for a work permit that is customized to their employer’s needs in order to get professional work experience in Canada.
  • International Co-op (student-only internships): Participants are qualified to apply for a work permit that is particular to their employer in order to obtain experience in their field of study.


Youth Mobility Agreement (YMA)

Youth from more than 30 different Countries can receive an open work visa in Canada, allowing them to work for any employer of their choice. IEC aims to strengthen relations between Canada and its peer nations on the economic, social, and cultural aspects. 

The Canada-Germany Youth Mobility Agreement provides a special chance for young people (between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusively at the time of application) to supplement their post-secondary education, gain practical work experience, and strengthen their understanding of the language, culture, and society of the other country.

The following types of opportunities and participants are allowed by the Agreement:

  • Working Holidays
  • Young Professionals,
  • International Co-op (Internships)


Countries with IEC bilateral agreements with Canada

The age limit is 18 to 35, the working holiday period can be between 12 and 24 months,  and is determined by the applicant’s nationality and the type of visa he or she has applied for. Countries in Bilateral YMA:

Australia Andorra Austria Belgium
Chile Croatia Costa Rica Czech Republic
Denmark Estonia France Germany
Greece Hong Kong Ireland Italy
Japan Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg
Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway
Poland Portugal San Marino Slovakia
Slovenia South Korea Spain Sweden
Switzerland Taiwan Ukraine United Kingdom


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