Canada and Luxembourg Sign New Youth Mobility Arrangement
Opportunity to live and work in Luxembourg through the International Experience Canada Program
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, signed last July 3rd, a new bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement between Canada and Luxembourg.
To Work and Travel
This new arrangement on youth mobility will open further channels of exchange between Canadian and Luxembourg. It will allow youth aged 18 to 30 to work and travel for up to 12 months through the Working Holiday, International Co-op (Internship), and Young Professionals categories of the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. This new arrangement will provide an opportunity for Luxembourgish youth to travel and work in Canada, while Canadian youth may travel and work in Luxembourg.
The IEC program facilitates the process for young people to gain valuable international work experience and travel abroad. With the addition of Luxembourg, there are now 35 partner countries and territories available to young Canadians looking for an international experience.
“I am pleased that we are able to reach this arrangement with Luxembourg and further strengthen the great relationship between our two countries. This new arrangement will give Canadian and Luxembourgish youth the opportunity to broaden their perspective of the world and gain a better understanding of each other’s cultures, languages and societies while travelling and working abroad ”, said The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Each year, Canada and partner governments negotiate a reciprocal quota that sets the maximum number for participants that can be approved under the Youth Mobility Arrangement. The initial annual quota with Luxembourg will be 100 (up to 100 youth from each country may participate).
More than 200,000 Canadians have participated in the International Experience Canada program, and many have returned to Canada with life-changing experiences valuable to both their personal and professional lives.
There are 3 categories of participation under the program:
1- Working Holiday: participants receive open work permits that allow them to work anywhere in the host country, to support their travels.
2- International Co-op (Internship): participants receive employer-specific work permits that allow students to gain targeted experience in their field of study.
3- 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.
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada