The Canadian and Finnish governments have announced plans to implement the Youth Mobility Agreement, allowing some Canadian and Finnish nationals to live and work in the two countries.

Key Points:

  • The Youth Mobility Agreement gives Canadian and Italian nationals between the ages of 18 and 35 an opportunity to live and work in each country for up to 12 months through three possible immigration categories:
    • Young workers category. Young Professionals participants receive an employer-specific work permit to gain targeted, professional work experience that is within their field of study or career path.
    • International internship category. International Co-op (Internship) participants receive an employer-specific work permit that allows students to gain targeted experience in their fields of study.
    • Working Holiday category. Working Holiday participants receive an open work permit that allows them to work anywhere in the host country to support their travels.
  • Canadian and Finnish nationals can participate in the Youth Mobility Agreement twice, giving them up to 24 months to live and work in each country.
  • The Youth Mobility Agreement is expected to come into force in 2024.

Additional Information: Eligible Finnish nationals can find more information regarding the Youth Mobility Agreement through Canada’s International Experience Canada Program website; eligible Canadian nationals can find more information about the program through this website.

BAL Analysis: Canadian and Finnish authorities plan to introduce the Youth Mobility Agreement to improve bilateral relations and labor market access for their youth between 18 and 35 years old.

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