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Canada Mulls Revamp of Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

Isabel Rice

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Canada Mulls Revamp of Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

In a move to better match international student talent with labor market demands, the Canadian government is considering significant changes to its Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program. The proposed revamp could reshape the landscape for international graduates seeking employment opportunities in Canada.

Currently, the PGWP is open to all international graduates from publicly funded programs, without any work restrictions. However, the government is exploring the possibility of linking PGWP eligibility to areas of labor shortage, potentially limiting overall access to the program.

The proposed changes could significantly alter the eligibility criteria for the PGWP. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is seeking feedback on which jobs or fields of study should qualify for the program, as well as whether specific student groups should be exempt from the new regulations.

Additionally, the government is considering introducing a job offer requirement for PGWP holders after one year, along with potential criteria such as language proficiency and other skills assessments.

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While the changes aim to address labor shortages and enhance the program’s effectiveness, concerns have been raised about the potential impact on international students and institutions. Critics argue that restricting PGWP eligibility could deter talented students from choosing Canada as their study destination.

As the consultation process unfolds, stakeholders from educational institutions, industry associations, and student groups are expected to provide valuable insights to shape the future of the PGWP program.

In an increasingly competitive global market for skilled talent, Canada’s ability to attract and retain international students remains crucial. By finding the right balance between meeting labor market needs and maintaining an attractive environment for international education, the government hopes to position Canada as a destination of choice for the world’s brightest minds.

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