After the signing of the Youth agreement with UK, Canada has signed a new one with Iceland. The Canadian and Icelandic governments have launched a new chance for Canadian and Icelandic youngsters to get foreign experience as part of a commitment to improve global possibilities for young residents. The recently agreed-upon Youth Mobility Arrangement seeks to advance global ideas and experience while also reaffirming the nations’ shared commitment to youth development and enhancing bilateral connections.
Under this agreement, young people between the ages of 18 and 30 from Canada and Iceland can exchange employment and travel opportunities for up to 12 months through International Experience Canada or its Icelandic counterpart, with the option to extend the experience for another 12 months.
The new agreement will go into effect in 2024 once all conditions have been satisfied, according to the governments of Canada and Iceland. When searching for jobs and vacation opportunities abroad, Canadian teenagers will have more possibilities than ever.
What is an IEC?
Youth can travel and work in Canada for up to two years through International Experience Canada (IEC). Three separate employment and travel opportunities are available:
- Working holiday – The type of Canadian work visa you receive for Working Holiday is an open work permit, which permits you to work in Canada for nearly any company (with few restrictions). For some positions, you may be required to undergo a medical examination before beginning employment.
- Young Professionals – You receive an employer-specific work permit if you fall under the Young Professionals category. Your Canadian employer is required to adhere to all labour regulations, including minimum wage standards, in the province or territory where you want to work.
- International Co-op (Internship) – You will receive an employer-specific work visa if you fall under the international co-op (internship) category. Your proposed internship in Canada must be closely related to your area of study.
Citizens or partner countries can apply for one of the mentioned categories, and for the rest of them which are not they can apply to IEC through a recognized organization.