Canada and Australia reach youth mobility agreement

The governments of Canada and Australia have announced an agreement to expand the age range in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries concerning Youth Mobility.

Through the amended MoU, Canadian and Australian young adults aged between 18 to 35 will now be able to work and travel through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.

“I’m pleased that we have agreed to amend this MoU with Australia and further strengthen the great relationship between our two countries,” said Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen. “International travel and work allows our youth to immerse themselves in a different culture and develop life skills, all the while improving their employability back home.

“This expanded age range will give more young adults from Canada and Australia the opportunity to broaden their perspective of the world and gain professional work experience while traveling,” he added.

The IEC program was launched in 1965 as a cultural exchange between Canada and Germany. In 1967, following the success of the initiative, Canada proceeded to create an international travel and exchange program.

Since then, more than 200,000 Canadians have taken advantage of the work and travel experiences offered through the IEC program.

There are 34 destinations available to young Canadians looking for international work experience with IEC’s partner countries and territories, including the United Kingdom.

Article published 30th August 2018