Work visa program has French flocking to Quebec
French youth are clambering to come to Quebec, as proven in the immense popularity of a work-exchange program. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Thursday, November 15, 2012 8:57PM EST
A program designed to attract young French citizens to come work in Canada has attracted an impressive number of takers.
The latest Working Holiday Program, a reciprocal program between Paris and Ottawa, allows French citizens between 18 and 35 to spend a year in Canada working legally.
The 6,750 such visas available this year were snapped up within 50 hours, as the Canadian Embassy was swamped with almost 30,000 demands.
Last year the same quota took 12 days to fill.
The French have similar agreements with Argentina, Australia and Japan but the Canadian work visa has proven the most popular.
Young French are believed to consider Canada to be a land of opportunity, with fewer regulations and constricting hierarchies.
This week a popular French TV news program dedicated a full report on what it described as the rush to Quebec.