International students studying in Canada are now eligible to work more hours off campus as the country continues to grapple with labour shortages, according to the country’s immigration minister.
From November 15, 2022 until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will be allowed to work over 20 hours per week off-campus while class is in session.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced this major reform this morning in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.
This will help sustain Canada’s COVID-19 pandemic growth and provide a boost to employers in sectors that are facing severe labour shortages, Fraser said.
Canada is grappling with historic labour shortages and an unemployment rate which is low by historical standards. Earlier this morning, Statistics Canada reported that Canada’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2 per cent in September, down from 5.4 per cent in August.
In addition, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is also rolling out a new pilot program to help automate the processing of applications to extend study permits.
“This pilot is actually going to free up our officers to focus their efforts on more complex applications and continue to help reduce immigration backlogs,” Fraser said.