Canada working holiday quota raised to 1,000


TAIPEI, Taiwan — More Taiwanese will be able to take a working holiday in Canada in 2011 after Canada raised the quota for Taiwanese participation in the program from 700 to 1,000, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) said in a statement yesterday.

“The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is pleased to announce that we have increased our quota for the 2011 International Experience Canada initiative to 1,000 for Taiwan,” the office said. Taiwan and Canada signed an agreement earlier this year to launch the working holiday program on July 1. Under the program, people aged 18-35 from the two countries are allowed to travel and work in each other’s territory for up to one year.

The original annual quota of 200 was raised to 700 on July 27 because of an enthusiastic response from local youth.

The CTOT said it will be accepting applications for the program postmarked on or after Jan. 10, 2011.

Taiwan has signed working holiday agreements with six countries — Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Germany and Japan.