6 December 2009
Canada and Hong Kong have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on youth mobility that will allow qualified young people aged 18 to 30 from Canada and Hong Kong to travel and work in each other’s territory for up to one year.
The MOU is expected to come into effect in March 2010, with the maximum number of participants initially set at 200 for each territory.
In 2008, approximately 20,000 young Canadians travelled and worked overseas under international youth programs, while approximately 45,000 foreign participants travelled and worked in Canada.
These exchanges give young people cultural experience, help them build international networks and gain the skills and work experience to succeed in an increasingly globalized society.