On October 3rd, 2003, the French and Canadian governments signed an agreement concerning youth exchange programs.
This agreement allows 14,000 Canadians and French youths to travel to the other country to acquire university training, professional experience, an internship, and to perfect their knowledge of the language, culture, and society. It aims to simplify the administrative procedures required for their entry and their stay. In particular, no administration fees are applied.
French youths wishing to go to Canada must contact the Embassy of Canada in Paris.
You will find below all the necessary indications for Canadians that wish to go to France through the youth exchanges agreement.
Must be between the ages of 18 and 35 upon submission of application,
Must be a Canadian citizen and reside in Canada upon submission of application,
Must be in possession of a Canadian passport, valid for minimum of 3 months after the completion of the visit, · Must be financially solvent for the duration of the visit.
You can only be admitted twice in the youth exchanges agreement, and it must under two different visa categories. The stays must be discontinuous. Participants must thus return to re-apply for a different visa.
The duration of each stay cannot exceed one year, except for young professionals wishing to continue their development under a work contract (possibility to extend their stay by 6 months).
Young professionals wishing to acquire a first experience or further development through a work contract in their field and increase their knowledge of the language, the culture, and French society.
Young Canadian students wishing to complete a part of their university curriculum in an institution in France in the context of the inter-university agreement.
Young Canadian citizens wishing to work in a business in France as a part of their studies or training. The conditions for this type of internship must be agreed upon by the three parties involved i.e. the Canadian establishment, the host establishment in France, and the student.
Canadians wishing to travel to France for touristic and cultural purposes, all the while being authorized to work for financial sustenance.
You can submit your visa, at the earliest, 3 months prior to your departure for France.
ATTENTION: Please refer to the General Consulates’ Web sites to learn more about the access methods for visa services, i.e. booking appointments, mail-in dossiers, etc./.
Residents of Ontario, Manitoba
Residents of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut
General Consulate of France in Montreal
1501, MacGill College Street
Montreal Quebec H3A 3M8
(514) 878 4385
(514) 878 3981
Residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan
(Updates : 03/09/12)