The Canadian and Italian governments have introduced the bilateral Youth Mobility Agreement, allowing certain Canadian and Italian nationals to live and work in the two countries.

Key Points:

  • The Youth Mobility Agreement allows Canadian and Italian nationals between the ages of 18 and 35 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 field of study.
    • Working Holidays category. Working Holidays participants receive an open work permit that allows them to work anywhere in the host country to support their travels.
  • Canadian and Italian nationals are able to participate in the Youth Mobility Agreement twice, allowing participants to live and work in Canada or Italy for up to 24 months.

Additional Information: Eligible Italian 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 Italian authorities introduced the Youth Mobility Agreement to improve bilateral relations and labor market access for their youth between the ages of 18 and 35.

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