May 3, 2018 – Ottawa, ON

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities Abroad, today signed a new bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement between Canada and Portugal.
This new arrangement on youth mobility will open further channels of exchange between Canadian and Portuguese young people. It will allow Canadian and Portuguese youth aged 18 to 35 to work and travel through the Working Holiday, International Co-op, and Young Professional streams of the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program. This new arrangement will provide an opportunity for up to 2,000 Portuguese youth to travel and work in Canada, while 2,000 young Canadians may travel and work in Portugal per year.
The IEC Program facilitates the process for young people to gain valuable international work experience and travel abroad. The addition of Portugal adds one more fantastic destination to the 33 partner countries and territories already available to young Canadians looking for an international experience. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, who is currently touring several Canadian cities.


“I am pleased that we are able to reach this arrangement with Portugal and further strengthen the great relationship between our two countries. Getting international travel and work experience allows youth to immerse themselves in a different culture and develop life skills, all while improving their employability back at home. This new arrangement will give Canadian and Portuguese youth the opportunity to broaden their perspective of the world and gain a better understanding of each other’s cultures, languages and societies while traveling and working abroad.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“I am very happy that we have signed today our Youth Mobility Arrangement which I am confident will give great impetus to people-to-people contacts, thus enabling Canadian and Portuguese youth to gain a better understanding of each other’s culture, language and society. We hope that this instrument will ultimately contribute to bringing us closer together, while improving mutual knowledge of the existing opportunities in both our countries. I encourage our youth to take advantage of the experience that this agreement will provide, embarking on a journey that will enable them to discover different ways and traditions, increasing at the same time their personal and  professional wealth.”

– José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities Abroad
Canada and Portugal Sign New Youth Mobility Arrangement

Memorandum of Understanding will give young Canadians the opportunity to live and work in Portugal through the International Experience Canada Program