New work week for international students announced by federal government


Published May 2, 2024 at 10:36 am

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Major news hit the House of Commons earlier this week, as a finalized work week for international students was announced by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marc Miller.

This announcement is based on the (as of now) expired work program rolled-out during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, which stood at 20 hours for out-of-country students living in Canada. reached out to the federal Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship for comment on the new work week — which has been set at 24 hours per week. According to representatives from the ministry, this incentive is primarily built on giving international students more time to focus on their studies.

Ministry representatives also stated that the program operates in tandem with the new federal limits on international student intake.

With the reforms we have brought in, including the increased financial threshold for new study permit applicants, we want to set students up for success in Canada,” ministry representatives told via email. 

Additional information provided by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship also indicates that a substantial amount of homework was done to research how other countries have implemented similar programs. 

“In proposing this change, we examined the needs of students, policies in other countries, as well as research that has shown academic outcomes suffer the more a student works while studying,” said ministry representatives via email. 

At the time of this publication, no additional details surrounding the implementation of this 24-hour work week have been announced, however,  federal representatives told that “more details will be announced in due course.” 

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