In what can only be described as a shock announcement, Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) today announced that they would suspend the IEC Working Holiday Visa program due to the recent downturn in the Canadian economy. Effective immediately, no more IEC applications will be accepted in 2015 and IEC visa holders wishing to come to Canada will not be allowed to activate their visa beyond 31 May 2015.
The program has allowed foreign youth from 31 counties the opportunity to work in Canada. Low energy prices have left thousands of Canadian unemployed and now CIC have moved fast to avoid further backlash on allowing foreign nationals the opportunity to work in Canada. An IEC spokesperson added “While the program is suspended indefinitely, we hope to see the program open again as soon as 2018”.
Jean Trompé, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration made the announcement early this morning, “Canada has enjoyed great economic success through our open immigration system but the time has now come to close our doors. We can’t have foreign youth coming into Canada on holiday visas leaving local Canadians without easy jobs.”
Ruairi Spillane, founder of the Moving2Canada website has been left dumbfounded, “I have no idea what I’ll do, might have to head back to the farm in the west of Ireland now” he said, in an emotional interview.
Moving2Canada did not foresee this announcement and regrets being the bearer of bad news. We would like to wish you a Happy April Fool’s Day and wish everyone in our network well in their future endeavors and travels.
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- For a step-by-step application guide for 2016, see our Working Holiday Visa in Canada overview