Canada recently announced that international students would be allowed to work off-campus for more hours, providing them with more opportunities for work and career development. This change is expected to benefit a significant number of Indian students in Canada, as the country has one of the largest international student populations from India. The increased work hours will likely contribute to the growth of the Canadian economy and also provide valuable work experience to international students.
Canada has allowed international students to work over 20 hours per week off-campus while the class is in session. This is being permitted temporarily from November 15, 2022, to December 31, 2023. Currently, international students in Canada can work off-campus during their studies for up to 20 hours per week. This limit is lifted during breaks such as the summer and winter holidays.
This measure will allow over five lakh eligible international students already in Canada to potentially work more hours. Aimed at alleviating labour shortages, it will also apply to those who have already submitted a study permit application, announced Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in Ottawa on Friday.
Fraser said Canada has already processed more than 4.52 lakh study permit applications since January, a 23 per cent increase compared to the 3.67 lacks processed over the same period last year. In 2021, Canada had over 6.20 lakh, of which one-third were from India.