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Canada-Finland Youth Mobility Scheme: A Gateway to Work and Travel

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Youth Mobility Scheme

Canada and Finland have joined hands to introduce an exciting opportunity for young citizens aged 18 to 35. Through the newly established Youth Mobility Scheme, individuals from both countries can embark on work and travel adventures, fostering cultural exchange and personal growth.

Exploring New Horizons

The Youth Mobility Agreement, signed in 2023 and effective from March 1, 2024, opens doors for Canadians and Finns to immerse themselves in each other’s cultures. This initiative aims to strengthen the bonds between the two nations while offering enriching experiences for the participants.

Enthusiastic Response from Officials

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Miller, expressed his excitement about the program’s potential benefits. He emphasized how the scheme will empower youth to hone essential skills, broaden career horizons, and forge meaningful connections.

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Three Participation Categories

Under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, the Youth Mobility Agreement offers three participation categories:

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  • Working Holiday: Participants receive an open work permit to work anywhere in the host country while exploring its diverse landscapes and cultures.
  • International Co-op (Internship): This category provides participants with a specific work permit tailored to their field of study. It offers targeted work experience aligned with their academic pursuits.
  • Young Professionals: Participants are granted an employer-specific work permit, allowing them to gain professional work experience relevant to their career aspirations.
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Accessible Opportunities

Interested individuals can apply for any of these programs starting March 1, 2023. This initiative builds upon Canada’s longstanding commitment to fostering cross-cultural connections through the IEC program, which has partnerships with over 35 countries and territories.

The Canada-Finland Youth Mobility Scheme represents more than just an opportunity to work and travel; it embodies the spirit of collaboration, cultural exchange, and personal growth. By facilitating meaningful experiences for young citizens, this initiative paves the way for a brighter, more interconnected future between Canada and Finland.

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