The Canadian government is dedicated to offering Canadian youth chances to gain global experience and perspective. As a matter of fact, it is especially crucial in today’s worldwide economy. Canadian youth will soon enjoy more convenient opportunities to travel and work in a new international location.
Today, an agreement called the Youth Mobility Arrangement between Canada and Iceland was announced by Marie-France Lalonde. She is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, the Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation of Iceland. Canadian and Icelandic individuals between 18 and 30 can explore and work in each other’s country through International Experience Canada or the equivalent program in Iceland. Basically, this arrangement allows them to stay for a maximum of 12 months, with the option to extend their stay for 12 months.
Canada and Iceland expect to put the new arrangement into effect in 2024 after fulfilling all necessary conditions. Canadian young people will have a broader range of choices than before when it comes to seeking international travel and employment opportunities.
The initiative reinforces the close relationship between Canada and Iceland based on personal connections and shared values. It also enables young people from both countries to expand their understanding of different cultures, enhance their abilities for life, and enhance their future work opportunities. Both countries are creating opportunities for a more robust and interconnected global community by investing in the potential of their young population.