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International Experience Canada will increase program capacity by 20%

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Posted on Dec 1, 2022 at 04:51pm EST


The Government of Canada will expand the applicant pool for the next year of its International Experience Canada (IEC) program. They announced an opening date for the show on January 9, 2023, at a press conference in Banff, Alberta today.

The IEC program allows young people between the ages of 18 and 35 who live in any of Canada’s 36 partner countries to work and travel for up to two years in Canada, and vice versa. On January 9, 2023, your application scale will increase by 20%, or nearly 15,000 additional slots. This will make it possible for “nearly 90,000 candidates… to work and travel in Canada, including French-speaking youth, helping employers fill job gaps, including seasonal job opportunities in Canada’s tourism industry.”

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In the words of Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, “Our government is helping more international youth to work and travel in Canada, effectively helping employers, most of them in the tourism industry, find the workers they need. By giving young people the opportunity to travel internationally and gain work experience, we are strengthening our economy and helping our businesses succeed, particularly in places like Banff that need seasonal help.”

Ultimately, this upcoming change to the IEC program allows Canada to further advance two highly sought-after goals: helping Canadian employers get the workers they need and helping “youth explore new cultures, languages ​​and societies, all while developing life skills and improving their job prospects. for the future.”

About the IEC program

The IEC program contains three streams, which are described below.

Working Holiday: IEC participants in this stream “receive an open work permit that allows them to work anywhere in the host country” as a means of “financing their travel”.

International Cooperative (Internship): Participants in this IEC stream receive a specific work permit from the employer. This specific work permit allows students to gain focused work experience in their field of study.

Young Professionals: Participants in this stream of the IEC program also receive a specific work permit from the employer, like those in the international cooperative stream. However, beyond allowing these students to “gain specific, professional work experience that is within their field of study”, the experience gained by these students is also intended to help them pursue their desired career path.

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