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Canada announces new measures to support international students

Internationals students at Royal Roads University

The Government of Canada has taken action to assist international students through this difficult time with a variety of measures, including offering open work permits for former international students who hold or held a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).

International students bring so much to Canada, contributing more than $21 billion annually to our economy and supporting the vitality of our communities.

The pandemic has presented myriad challenges for international students, and the government responded with support measures that are exclusively extended to the citizen or permanent resident.

As part of the Government’s efforts to support international students, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced further measures to ensure that international students won’t miss out on opportunities after they graduate due to the pandemic.

With the prospect of many international students continuing online learning from abroad for several more months, temporary changes to the PGWP Program put in place earlier in the pandemic are being extended and expanded.

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