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Youth Mobility Agreement to enter into force in March allowing Finnish youth to travel and work in Canada for up to a year

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 11.1.2024 13.41
Press release

The Youth Mobility Agreement allows Canadian and Finnish young people aged 18 to 35 to explore the other country through temporary work and travel. The agreement enters into force on 1 March 2024.

In future, Finnish and Canadian young people can explore the culture, languages and society of the other country on a reciprocal basis. They can stay and work in the other country for up to a year.

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

Finland already has working holiday agreements in place with Australia (2002), New Zealand (2004) and Japan (2023), although the agreement between Finland and Canada is wider in scope. Working holiday agreements are characterised by people primarily going on holiday to another country and supplementing their stay with work or studies. The agreement between Finland and Canada also allows young people to enter the other country primarily for work or an internship in addition to a working holiday. 

An individual applicant may be granted a residence permit on the basis of the agreement once on each of the three grounds (working holiday agreement, work or internship). Each time, a residence permit can be granted for up to a year.

Address residence permit application to destination country’s authorities

Residence permits for Finland based on the agreement should be addressed to the Finnish Immigration Service. Similarly, Canadian authorities are in charge of the application process for residence permits for Canada based on the agreement.

It is estimated that Finnish young people submit almost a thousand residence permit applications a year for Australia based on the working holiday agreement, as well as several hundred for New Zealand. However, the number of applications submitted in Australia and New Zealand for Finland is smaller.

The agreement between Finland and Canada was signed in March 2023. On 11 January 2024, the Finnish Government proposed that the President of the Republic approve the agreement and ratify the act on 12 January 2024. Consequently, the agreement will enter into force on 1 March 2024. Its entry into force will be regulated separately in a Government decree to be adopted later.

Jarmo Tiukkanen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 047 355