Canada–Finland Youth Mobility Agreement

Canada-Finland Youth Mobility Agreement: Opening Doors for Youth Exploration

On March 1, 2024, Minister Marc Miller of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the launch of the Canada–Finland Youth Mobility Agreement, marking a significant milestone in bilateral relations. This agreement, signed on May 19, 2023, fosters opportunities for Canadians and Finns aged 18 to 35 to work and travel in each other’s countries under the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program or its Finnish counterpart.

Promoting Cross-Cultural Connections

As Canada and Finland celebrate 77 years of diplomatic relations, this agreement fosters deeper cultural understanding and strengthens ties between the two nations. Through the IEC program, participants have the chance to immerse themselves in new cultures, gain valuable life experiences, and forge lasting connections. Moreover, it presents a unique opportunity for Indigenous youth in Canada to explore the heritage and traditional knowledge of Finland’s Sámi people.

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Investing in Youth: Building a Stronger Global Community

By investing in their youth’s potential, Canada and Finland are laying the groundwork for a more interconnected global community. Through initiatives like the Canada–Finland Youth Mobility Agreement, young people are equipped with the skills and experiences necessary to thrive in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. This agreement not only enhances bilateral relations but also contributes to the personal and professional development of youth participants.

Quick Facts

  • The Canada–Finland youth mobility agreement was enacted on March 1, 2024, opening doors for youth exploration and cultural exchange.
  • Established in 1956, the IEC program facilitates cross-cultural connections between Canada and over 35 partner countries and territories.
  • The program offers three categories of participation: Working Holiday, International Co-op (Internship), and Young Professionals, each tailored to meet the diverse needs and interests of youth participants.
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The Canada–Finland Youth Mobility Agreement represents a significant step towards fostering cultural exchange, strengthening bilateral relations, and empowering youth to explore new horizons. As Canada continues to champion cultural exploration and connection, initiatives like this provide invaluable opportunities for young people to broaden their perspectives and contribute to a more interconnected world.

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