International Experience Canada for Portugal youth
Portugal is the newest country to have an agreement with Canada under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. This opens further channels of exchange between Canadian and Portuguese youth by providing an opportunity for Portuguese youth to work and travel in Canada, while Canadian youth may work and travel in Portugal.
Earlier this year, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities Abroad, signed the new bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement between Canada and Portugal. That agreement has now been finalized.
As part of this agreement, foreign nationals from Portugal may participate in all 3 of IEC’s programs – working holiday, international co-op and young professionals – when the 2019 season opens.
The IEC Program allows youth to gain valuable international work experience and travel abroad. With the addition of Portugal, Canada now has formal Youth Mobility Arrangements with 34 countries and territories where Canadian youth are allowed to work while they travel. Young people from these same countries and territories are also able to come to Canada to work and travel.