Secret report reveals international student work program creating low-wage employees

April 1, 2016

A secret federal report reveals that Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit Program is creating a low-wage workforce and encouraging low-quality PSE programs, writes Simona Chiose for the Globe and Mail. Under the program, international students with degrees from Canadian PSE institutions can apply to work in the country for up to three years following graduation. But a 35-page federal report, marked “secret” and obtained by the Globe after a nine-month battle with the government, states that the majority of students using the program work in low-skilled service sector jobs with earnings that are less than half of domestic PSE graduates. This report comes to light as Canada has moved to streamline the Express Entry system that allows international students to apply for permanent residency. Globe and Mail