Canada benefits when diverse, engaged, and empowered youth are able to come from
abroad to gain meaningful work and life experiences here.
Today, the Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship, launched the 2023 International Experience Canada (IEC) Program with a
20% increase in the number of applicants who can apply. Applicants will be able to
apply as of January 9, 2023.
IEC is a reciprocal program that allows Canadian and international youth to work and
travel in each other’s countries. This increase means that nearly 90,000 candidates
will be able to work and travel in Canada, including Francophone youth, which will
help employers fill labour gaps, including for seasonal work opportunities in
Canada’s tourism industry.
By allowing more international youth to work and travel in Canada, the Government of
Canada is helping employers, including those in the tourism industry, find the
workers they need.
Canada has a long-standing history of supporting Canadian and international youth to
travel and work abroad. IEC helps youth explore new cultures, languages, and
societies, all while developing life skills and improving their job prospects for