Canada and Iceland Sign Youth Mobility Arrangement

The governments of Canada and Iceland have announced the signing of a new Canada–Iceland Youth Mobility Arrangement.

Under this arrangement, which will be implemented in 2024, Canadian and Icelandic youth aged 18 to 30 will benefit from reciprocal work opportunities in each other’s country, for up to 12 months (renewable for an additional 12 months) through International Experience Canada (IEC) and the Icelandic equivalent.

International Experience Canada (IEC) is a reciprocal program that allows Canadian and international youth to work and travel in each other’s country. The program has three 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 Professional participants receive an employer-specific work permit to gain targeted, professional work experience that is within their field of study or career path.

The arrangement between Canada and Iceland will allow up to 120 youth annually from each country to work and travel in the other country.

Canada has signed youth mobility agreements or arrangements with 38 countries and foreign territories.

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