This article was originally published on December 5, 2022, and was updated on January 10, 2023, to reflect new information.
January 10, 2023, Update: On January 9, 2023, the government of Canada officially opened the International Experience Canada (IEC) program for international youth interested in gaining work and travel experience in Canada.
Eligible applicants selected to apply, who have previously submitted an expression of interest to the IEC pool, will begin to receive invitations to apply for work permits under the IEC pathway. Interested applicants can create an online profile here.
The government of Canada intends to invite up to 90,000 international youth to Canada through the program to fill labor shortages throughout the country.
- Canada will expand the number of applications accepted by foreign national students applying under the International Experience Canada Program beginning in 2023
The government of Canada will increase the number of applicants permitted to apply under the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program by 20% in 2023. The IEC is a reciprocal program that allows Canadian and international youth to work and travel in each other’s countries. Applications will open on January 9, 2023. For additional insight into the categories included under the IEC program, check here.
What are the Changes?
The government of Canada will increase the number of application slots open to foreign national students applying under the IEC Program. According to the government announcement, this will result in the program expanding to accommodate around 90,000 candidates.
Continue to check the government of Canada’s website for the latest updates and information.
Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Government of Canada