Canada-Slovenia Youth Mobility Agreement Takes Effect

Minister Van Loan says opportunities for youth will give them competitive edge in global marketplace

(No. 228 - July 19, 2010 - 10:15 a.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, today announced that the Canada-Slovenia Youth Mobility Agreement takes effect this month. The agreement simplifies the process for Canadians and Slovenes aged 18 to 35 to travel and work, for up to one year, in each other’s country. Minister Van Loan made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, during a visit to Slovenia.

“I am pleased that Canadian and Slovenian youth now have easier access to travel and work in their respective countries,” said Minister Van Loan. “Such exchanges will allow for improved knowledge of each other’s language, culture and society, and will represent an important step in strengthening the relationship between our two countries.”

The Canada-Slovenia Youth Mobility Agreement is the 23rd such arrangement implemented under the Government of Canada’s International Experience Canada initiative. In 2009, more than 73,000 young people from Canada and around the world participated in the initiative.

International Experience Canada fosters closer relations between Canada and other countries through exchanges that give young people an understanding of other cultures through travel, life and work experiences abroad. This experience enhances participants’ personal and professional development, giving them a competitive edge in the global job market.

For more information, consult International Experience Canada.

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Monika Bujalska
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Peter Van Loan
Minister of International Trade

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada