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Canada and South Korea Sign a New Deal to Promote Youth Employment

Austin Campbell



Canada and South Korea

Canada and South Korea have recently signed a ground-breaking agreement, marking a significant step towards fostering international cooperation and expanding work opportunities for youth. This bilateral deal holds tremendous promise for young individuals seeking enriching employment experiences while promoting cultural exchange and strengthening ties between the two nations.

Ali Ehsassi, Member of Parliament for Willowdale, on behalf of Honourable Minister Sean Fraser, announced on May 23rd, 2023 about the signing of a new Canada-South Korea Youth Mobility Arrangement.

According to the Canadian government, the new agreement will take effect in 2024. As a result of this agreement, young people in both countries will have access to more international work opportunities and travel opportunities through either International Experience Canada (IEC) or South Korea’s equivalent. A reciprocal exchange program – International Experience Canada (IEC) is designed to allow young people from Canada and other countries to live and travel in each other’s countries. A total of 36 nations and overseas territories have signed youth mobility agreements with Canada.

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Expanding Horizons: A New Chapter in Canada-South Korea Relations

The signed agreement between Canada and South Korea intends to create a framework that promotes the exchange of young workers. In addition, the development will open doors to exciting opportunities and boost the prospects for personal and professional progress. Through this partnership, the two countries hope to increase mutual knowledge of one another’s cultures, traditions, and societal values while giving young people priceless opportunities to interact with people from different countries.

The new agreement throws light on the recent improvements to the 1995-created memorandum of understanding:

  • Increase in the eligibility age from 18-30 to 18-35;
  • To add two new streams in the current Working Holiday category —International Co-op (Internship) and Young Professionals;
  • The majority of youth will also have the choice to take part in the program twice, once for up to 24 months at a time.

How the Canada-South Korea Youth Work Exchange Program Works?

The Canada-South Korea Youth Work Exchange Program operates on a structured framework that ensures a smooth and enriching experience for all participants.

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Here’re the Key Elements of the Program:

  • Eligibility Criteria: Young individuals from Canada and South Korea who meet the designated eligibility criteria can apply to this Youth Work Exchange Program
  • Application Process: Interested candidates can apply for the program by following the designated application process.
  • Matching Process: Once the application period concludes, a rigorous matching process takes place, with careful consideration given to the preferences and aspirations of the applicants.
  • Work Placement: Participants are assigned to reputable organizations in their respective host countries, where they will work on projects and tasks aligned with their areas of interest and expertise.
  • Logistics and Support: The program coordinators provide comprehensive support to participants throughout their journey, assisting with matters such as travel arrangements, accommodation, work permits, and cultural orientation.
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