ICE – A youth mobility agreement between Italy and Canada entered into force on November 1, providing vocational training opportunities to young Italians and Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 entering the world of work.
The agreement – exemplifying the Fornesina – is part of the excellent bilateral relationship between Italy and Canada, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It aims to promote a better knowledge of each other’s culture, society and languages through travel, work and life experiences in the other country among the new Italian and Canadian generations.
The new agreement replaces the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding between Italy and Canada on the topic of “working holidays” and introduces a new category of participants, extending the scope of the Italian territory’s work permit to 12 months.
The new agreement, in particular, provides for three sections:
“Working holidays” for those who wish to visit the host country and obtain temporary employment during their stay;
“Young workers” who already have a work contract in the host country, in support of their professional development or related to their previous field of study;
“International Internship” refers to students enrolled in a post-secondary institution who, as a requirement of their academic curriculum, have completed an internship in a host country related to their field of study.
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