The Canada–Finland Youth Mobility Agreement

Unlocking Opportunities: The Youth Mobility Agreement

The Canada–Finland Youth Mobility Agreement is an exciting new initiative that promotes cross-border collaboration and cross-cultural exchange. By offering young Canadians and Finns exceptional chances for travel, employment, and cultural immersion, this ground-breaking program seeks to deepen ties between the two countries. The agreement is a big step forward for bilateral relations between Canada and Finland since both nations are committed to encouraging youth involvement and cross-cultural understanding.

On March 1st 2024, Immigration Minister Marc Miller announced that the Canada–Finland Youth Mobility Agreement, signed on May 19, 2023, is now in effect. Under the terms of this agreement, Canadians and Finns between the ages of 18 and 35 will be able to work and travel in each other’s nations through the Finnish equivalent of the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program. They can stay and work in the other country for up to a year.

Arto Satonen, Minister of Employment says that “This is a wonderful opportunity for Finnish and Canadian young people and employers. Young people can gain valuable and useful work experience abroad,”

The Finnish Immigration Service should be contacted for residence permits for Finland on the basis of the agreement. In a similar vein, Canadian authorities oversee the agreement-based resident permit application procedure for Canada.In addition to gaining life skills, enhancing future employment opportunities, and strengthening social bonds, participants in the IEC program will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in other cultures and experiences. For Indigenous youth in Canada who might be interested in the history and customs of the Sámi people, this is also a rare chance for cultural interaction. 


  1. Working Holiday participants receive an open work permit that allows them to work anywhere in the host country to support their travels.
  2. International Co-op (Internship) participants receive an employer-specific work permit that allows students to gain targeted experience in their field of study.
  3. 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.

The signing of the Canada–Finland Youth Mobility Agreement demonstrates both countries’ dedication to fostering intercultural understanding and developing their youth’s potential. It is hoped that as young Finns and Canadians set out on this exciting journey, the experiences they gather will not only help them grow personally and professionally but also fortify the ties that will bind Finland and Canada and promote a better, more connected future.

The Canada-Finland Youth Mobility Agreement opens doors for young individuals from both countries to explore new opportunities abroad. Under this agreement, eligible participants can experience living and working in each other’s countries for a specified period, typically up to one or two years.

One of the key benefits of the Canada-Finland Youth Mobility Agreement is the opportunity for cultural exchange and personal growth. Participants have the chance to immerse themselves in a new environment, learn about different cultures, and develop valuable skills that can benefit them professionally and personally.

To qualify for the program, applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria, including age requirements, educational background, and language proficiency. Once accepted into the program, participants can obtain work permits that allow them to gain valuable work experience in various fields, including hospitality, tourism, agriculture, and more.

The Canada-Finland Youth Mobility Agreement promotes mutual understanding and collaboration between the two countries, fostering stronger ties and partnerships. Through this program, young people can broaden their horizons, expand their networks, and build relationships that can last a lifetime.

Whether exploring the bustling streets of Toronto or the serene landscapes of Helsinki, participants in the Canada-Finland Youth Mobility Agreement are sure to create memories and experiences that will shape their lives for years to come. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to broaden your horizons, gain valuable experience, and embark on a journey of personal and professional growth.

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