Federal government to temporarily ease work restrictions for international students

April 24, 2020

The federal government has announced a temporary rule change that will allow international students to help health-care facilities and other workplaces that are under pressure from the pandemic. Specifically, 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. “Immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international students are making important contributions as frontline workers in health care and other essential service sectors,” said Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco E L Mendicino. “We know and value their efforts and sacrifices to keep Canadians healthy and ensure the delivery of critical goods and services.” CA | The Star (National)