In an effort to increase the global competitiveness of Canada by attracting and retaining more international students to its schools, international students at public post-secondary institutions will now be able to work off-campus while completing their studies so that they can gain work experience, get a feel for the Canadian labour market and gain a wider understanding of Canadian society. In addition, students on study permits will now be able to work for two years, rather than one year, after their graduation. This second initiative will apply outside Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver to help spread the benefits of immigration to more of Canada’s regions. The Government of Canada is investing $10 million a year for five years to support this announcement.
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