Canada’s federal government recently announced that it is temporarily removing the 20-hour per week limit on off-campus work for eligible international students. From November 13, 2022 to December 31, 2023, students are allowed work unlimited hours while class is in session. Currently, students can only work beyond 20 hours during scheduled school breaks or if they work on-campus.
This measure is meant to address Canada’s continuing labor shortage while the economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are facing a challenge hiring and retaining workers. Last June, Statistics Canada reported that there were over 1 million job vacancies across the country.
The temporary policy will be applicable to new students and also to those who have submitted a study permit application last October 7, 2022. The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada expects more than 500,000 international students who are already in the country to benefit from this development and address the labor shortage.
But while the lifting of the work limit is welcome news to students, they are still expected to balance their studies with their new work arrangements. Students who reduce their course load to become a part-time student or stop studying will not be eligible to work off-campus.
Study and work in Canada with VGC
For students looking for a program that will allow them to work and study in Canada, then check out VGC’s School of International Business. Each of its diploma programs includes a paid Co-Op work experience where students can apply their course knowledge to a real job.
Besides providing students with the essential business knowledge, students also enjoy monthly start dates and the ability to work off-campus.