In an effort to address Canada’s labour shortage, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lifting the limit on the number of hours international students are allowed to work off-campus every week.

CARBIS BAY, CORNWALL – JUNE 13: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Photo by Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said Friday the pilot scheme will run from Nov. 15, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2023.

Under the current arrangement, international students in Canada who are permitted to work off-campus under the terms of their study authorizations are limited to 20 hours of paid work outside their studies for each week class is in session but can work full-time during scheduled breaks.

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser, pictured at an event in June, announced the temporary removal of the cap on hours international students are allowed to work off-campus each week. (Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press)

“I don’t expect that every international student is going to suddenly start working full-time hours,” Fraser said. “It’s going to give them the flexibility to do so and it’s going to help employers tap into a new pool of labour.”

Fraser estimated around 500,000 students would be eligible for the program.

Immigration advocacy groups have welcomed the development.


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