Pilot programme for international students work experience in Canada launched

by Ray Clancy on March 4, 2011

Pilot programme for students launched

A pilot project has been launched for international students at some of British Columbia’s private educational institutions to give them the chance to gain Canadian work experience after graduation.

Alice Wong, Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development Ida Chong said it is part of a government strategy to attract more overseas students.

Since 2005, the number of foreign students coming to Canada has increased by 25% with a total of 85,140 entries in 2009. The government wants to increase numbers further.

‘We remain steadfast in our commitment to attract international students to Canada and retaining them after they graduate. With this pilot project, we are continuing to build Canada’s standing as a destination of choice for international students,’ said Wong.

‘In the next decade, British Columbia will have more than a million job openings and immigration is going to be a key factor in our ability to fill them,’ said Chong.

‘By expanding this programme to private institutions, we’re giving more international students an opportunity to work and potentially to choose British Columbia as their place to call home,’ she added.

The Post Graduation Work Permit Programme already allows students who have graduated from an eligible programme at a post secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Under the programme, graduates can apply for open work permits for up to three years, depending on the length of time they studied. Until now, only international students at public universities and colleges and private degree granting institutions were able to apply.

With the implementation of the two-year pilot project, graduates of private post secondary institutions with career training programmes that have received the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation are also able to apply for an open work permit.

‘International graduates with Canadian education, Canadian work experience, and an ease and familiarity with Canadian society are often excellent candidates to apply for permanent resident status,’ said Jason Jenney, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister.

‘The Government of Canada is committed to giving Canadian educational institutions a competitive edge in attracting international students,’ he added. Recent initiatives include online application services, the off-campus work permit programme, and the post graduation work permit programme.

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