OTTAWA - Some facts and figures on the International Experience Canada program:
What is it? A federal program that allows anyone aged 18-35 to work in Canada for a set period of time without a so-called labour market opinion. In exchange, Canadians can work in the countries participating in the program.
How many countries are involved? 32.
Which countries take part? Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
Where are the most foreign workers coming from? Ireland. The number of Irish workers permitted to come to Canada on the IEC visa increased to 10,750 this year from 4,000 in 2010.
How many workers are hired in Canada? As many as 20,000.
Quote from promotional material on government of Canada website: "Make your dream of travelling and working abroad a reality! International Experience Canada gives you the information and resources you need to travel and work in Canada for up to one year."