Canada and Aus­tralia An­nounce Amend­ment to Youth Mo­bil­ity Ar­range­ment

The Miracle - - IMMIGRATION -

Ex­panded age range will give young Cana­di­ans the op­por­tu­nity to travel and work in Aus­tralia through the In­ter­na­tional Ex­pe­ri­ence Canada pro­gram. Au­gust 29, 2018—Ot­tawa, ON The Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship, and the Hon­ourable Peter Dut­ton, Aus­tralia’s Min­is­ter for Home Af­fairs, to­day an­nounced an agree­ment to ex­pand the age range in the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) be­tween Canada and Aus­tralia con­cern­ing Youth Mo­bil­ity. Through the amended MoU, Cana­dian and Aus­tralian young adults aged 18 to 35 will now be able to work and travel through the In­ter­na­tional Ex­pe­ri­ence Canada (IEC) pro­gram. Re­flec­tive of our strong peo­ple-to-peo­ple ties, Aus­tralia is a ma­jor source of for­eign par­tic­i­pants in IEC and Aus­tralia is con­sis­tently the top des­ti­na­tion for Cana­dian youth through the pro­gram. In­creas­ing the el­i­gi­ble age from 30 to 35 will pro­vide for more op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als from both coun­tries to gain valu­able skills in a global work en­vi­ron­ment. The IEC pro­gram fa­cil­i­tates the process for young peo­ple to gain valu­able in­ter­na­tional work ex­pe­ri­ence and travel abroad. There are 34 des­ti­na­tions avail­able to young Cana­di­ans look­ing for in­ter­na­tional work ex­pe­ri­ence with IEC’s part­ner coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries. Quote “I am pleased that we have agreed to amend this MoU with Aus­tralia and fur­ther strengthen the great re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two coun­tries. In­ter­na­tional travel and work al­lows our youth to im­merse them­selves in a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and de­velop life skills, all while im­prov­ing their em­ploy­a­bil­ity back home. This ex­panded age range will give more young adults from Canada and Aus­tralia the op­por­tu­nity to broaden their per­spec­tive of the world and gain pro­fes­sional work ex­pe­ri­ence while trav­el­ing.”

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