International students in health-care programs to fight COVID-19
April. 25, 2020
Global Korean Post
The federal government changed the rule temporarily aimed at helping health-care facilities, other workplaces under pressure.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on April 22 announced that the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, workers in certain roles and industries have been under considerable pressure, and the government recognizes that international students who are already present in Canada will help meet the challenges of the pandemic.
For instance, thousands of international students are studying in health- and emergency service-related programs, including many who are nearly fully trained and ready to graduate. This temporary rule change provides health-care facilities with access to additional well-trained workers at a time when they are badly needed.
This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020.