Jorge Carvalho, the Regional Secretary for Education and liaison officer for the Madeiran Communities and Migrations, recently met with the Consul General of the Canadian Embassy. The meeting aims to create closer ties between the Centre of Madeiran Communities and Migrations through the Local Support Centre for the Integration of Migrants (CLAIM), and the Canadian Embassy in Portugal.
As such, the newly established bilateral Youth Mobility Agreement between Canada and Portugal was discussed. The agreement allows both Canadian and Portuguese youths aged 18 -35 to work and travel through the following entities, including International Experience Canada (IEC) categories, Working Holiday, International Co-op and Young Professional. Through this, it is hoped that up to 2,000 Portuguese individuals will be able to travel and work for a year in Canada, with as many young Canadians being able to work and live in Portugal for the same period.
Records show that as far back as the fifteenth century Newfoundland was on the main Portuguese fishing route. In 1953 a more systematic and organised Portuguese emigration policy began and, on the 2nd June 1963, the Canadian Madeira Centre was founded in Toronto, ten years after the first Madeirans emigrated to Canada.