In light of COVID-19, international students in essential services can work more than 20 hours a week
During the COVID-19 outbreak, workers in certain roles and industries, especially healthcare, have been under considerable pressure. To help meet the challenges of the pandemic, the Canadian government has temporarily removed restrictions that previously allowed international students to only work up to a maximum of 20 hours a week.
As a result, international students working in essential services such as healthcare, critical infrastructure, food supply and other critical good areas can now work more than 20 hours a week while classes are in session.
“Immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international students are making important contributions as frontline workers in healthcare 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,” says Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
According to Statistics Canada, there are thousands of international students in Canada studying in health and emergency service-related programs, many of them nearly fully trained and ready to graduate. This temporary rule change, which will be in place until August 31, 2020, provides healthcare facilities with access to additional well-trained workers at a time when they are greatly needed.
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