Youth Mobility Agreement 2020

Dear Members and Friends

Exciting news!!!  The signing on December 11th, 2020 of the new International Experience Canada Youth Mobility Agreement between Canada and Italy.

This new bilateral youth mobility agreement will improve labour market access for Canadian and Italian youth between the ages of 18 to 35.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • Extending the participation of candidates to up to 24 months versus the current period of six months. Candidates will now be able to work and travel for the full twelve-month period and can participate twice, for a total of 24

Youth will also be able to gain professional work experience with the addition of 2 streams:

  • International Co-op and
  • Young Professionals

The International Experience Canada (IEC) Program facilitates the process for young people to gain valuable international work experience and travel abroad.  Although the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of temporary measures, including travel restrictions, this agreement with Italy will open up new opportunities for future work and travel once conditions permit.  At this time, only youth with current and valid job offers can travel to Canada under the IEC Program.

Attached please find a Press Release for more details.

CIBPA Toronto offers our congratulations to Ministers Francois-Phillippe Champagne, Marco Mendicino, MPs Francesco Sorbara, Judy Sgro, Angelo Iacono, and their respective teams, along with the Ambassador of Italy to Canada, His Excellency Claudio Taffuri.  The successful development of this agreement will lead to the strengthening of the relationship between Italy and Canada.     


John Lettieri

CIBPA Toronto