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In recent years, the Canadian federal government has increased efforts to support Canadian youth’s acquisition of international work and travel experiences. In addition to the valuable labour market outcomes that can be gained by having international work experience, such experiences also go a long way in teaching youth about different cultures, learning about varying social norms, and enriching their overall global perspectives – the importance of which is more pronounced in today’s interconnected world.
In this workshop, Clark Goodman will provide an overview of the International Experience Canada (IEC) program and discuss initiatives the Government of Canada is undertaking with educational institutions, private sector employers, and other key stakeholders to facilitate Canadian youth’s acquisition of international work and travel experiences, under the program. He will also discuss the growing importance of international work-integrated learning in the Canadian context, and touch upon initiatives underway in Canada in support of this. Finally, he will present some of the barriers to outbound mobility in the Canadian context and then open the floor to attendees to discuss how these barriers may be addressed collaboratively.