While we love a vacation, they’re just fleeting tastes of another country’s way of life. Nothing quite holds a candle to the immersion you get from working abroad — and the Canadian government is trying to help more young people do just that.

Canada recently added Iceland to its roster of more than 30 countries with which we have a youth mobility arrangement, dubbed the International Experience Canada. The program makes it easier and cheaper for Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 to apply and be approved for work visas.

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Under International Experience Canada's agreements, participants typically enjoy less expensive permits that are processed more quickly and have fewer barriers to procurement.

International youth enjoy the same privileges. Visa terms typically last for a year, but can be stretched to two in some cases.

To learn more, head to canada.ca