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Canada Recognizes efforts of International students in fight against Covid-19 - Mulls to Remove work restrictions

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 23, Apr 2020

visas default image Canada continues to take measures to control the situation stimulated by the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country. In a latest update, Canadian government has announced that it will remove the restriction that permits the international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week only, while classes are in session.

However, this will be applicable to the those students, who are working in an essential service, i.e. health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. This temporary rule change will be effective until August 31, 2020.

Let's find out more about this announcement by the government.

Canada seeks the services of International students in the fight against Covid-19

At the time, when USA imposing restrictions on immigration in the country, Canada sees immigrants as the fighters to battle down the ongoing pandemic. While fighting the spread of the virus, the role of certain workers and industries has been challenging and under significant pressure. Hence, the government distinguishes that international students, who are already there in Canada can help battle against the pandemic.

For example, thousands of foreign students in Canada, who are studying in health- and emergency service-related programs, including several students, who are almost completely trained and ready to graduate.

This provisional rule change will give the health-care facilities an access to extra well-trained workers at a time when they are critically required.
Also read- Has Covid-19 Pandemic affected Express Entry or PNP programs of Canada?

International students enrolled in health-care programs

As per statistics Canada, in the year 2017-2018, over 11,000 international students were enrolled in health-care programs in different Canadian universities and colleges, representing about 4 percent of health-care students at that time.

Speaking about the latest announcement by the government, Marco E.L. Mendicino - the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said, "Immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international students are making important contributions as frontline workers in health care and other essential service sectors. We know and value their efforts and sacrifices to keep Canadians healthy and ensure the delivery of critical goods and services."

This recognition of the contribution from International students is evident as the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is unveiled a $9 billion emergency program for the students. It includes an Emergency Student Benefit worth minimum $1250 a month from May to August.

Canadian government has been positive about immigration

In last few years, Canadian government has never got influenced by the immigration culture adopted by fellow advanced nations across the globe. The immigration rate of Canada has been relatively high compared to most advanced nations and the government has always considered the immigrants as the key contributors in its economy, growth and development. While the countries like US are trying to control the immigration, Canada continues to accept the new permanent residence applications and inviting the candidates to apply for PR visa.

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Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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