Removing barriers for international students working in essential services

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

On April 22, it was announced that in order to help the COVID-19 outbreak, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session given that they are working in an essential service/function such as health care, critical infrastructure or the supply of food/other critical goods. The government recognizes that international students who are already present in Canada will help meet the challenges of the pandemic. This temporary rule change provides health-care facilities with access to additional well-trained workers at a time when they are badly needed.

This rule will be in place until August 31, 2020.

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