Canada has signed a new bilateral youth mobility agreement between Canada and Italy as of December 11, 2020

This new agreement will improve labour market access for Canadian and Italian youth between 18 and 35 years old by allowing them to work and travel for 12 months; candidates can participate twice for a total of 24 months. 

Youth will also be able to gain professional work experience with the addition of 2 streams: International Co-op and Young Professionals. 

The International Experience Canada (IEC) Program facilitates the process for young people to gain valuable international work experience and travel abroad. 

Quick facts

  • There are more than 1.5 million Canadians of Italian descent, which is one of the largest Italian communities outside of Italy in the world.
  • Canada has formal youth mobility arrangements with 36 countries and foreign territories.

There are 3 categories of participation under the program:

  • Working Holiday participants receive open work permits that allow them to work anywhere in the host country, to support their travels.
  • International Co-op participants receive employer-specific work permits that allow students to gain targeted experience in their field of study.
  • Young Professionals participants receive an employer-specific work permit to gain targeted, professional work experience that is within their field of study or career path.