Efforts done by Canadian government in favour of international students during COVID-19



The global threat of COVID-19 pandemic is still a great fatigue over the world and everyone is trying their best to tackle this great villain of the current era. The current global situation arose from pandemic pushing more challenges also towards the international students across the globe. However some governments come forward with an intention to support international students by numerous complementary policies. Among the one is Canadian government, who established some favourable changes in their existing policies to assist the international students through this arduous phase. Canada is one of the greatest countries for doing higher studies amidst the pandemic restrictions all over the world. Let us see some of the measurements taken by the Government of Canada to tackle the fatigue caused in the field of higher education because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The notable one is the temporary changes to post-graduation work permit (PGWP) program which mainly aims to support international students who are continuing online learning from abroad for several months due to this pandemic. This ensures equivalent opportunities to the ongoing students similar to what the former students are enjoying earlier before the pandemic. The administration formally announced that these measures will apply to all international students who are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program, and meet all other PGWP criteria. It is a plausible move that all students taking virtual or remote classes will still have the right for a Post Graduate Work Permit, as long as half of their course is finished in Canada. Moreover the government is issuing open work permits to former international students  who are upheld with PGWP. Apart from these, the government also made an effort to extend the working hours of students based on the eligibility and nature of jobs. Other favourable measures that are advantageous to students includes relaxations regarding travels to Canada, online learning supports and student relief funds. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) gave financial aids to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who were not able to get jobs because of the pandemic. Students received $1,250 for a month for a maximum of 4 months! International students who stay with their dependents also got some extra bonus too.

In addition to this, the government also encourages global students to settle permanently in Canada by providing quality education and better work experiences. It is a great measurement to tackle the fatigue caused by the pandemic in the higher education system of CANADA. Further, to confront the pandemic’s next phase, the government is implementing new strategies to aid students to properly defend the hostile environments and make sustainable development. The government is expecting that the new policy will open up a lot more opportunities to the students in the field of health care, technology etc. In the near future, it will help even more former international students build their career in Canada.

The Government of Canada is presently encouraging all people to restrain themselves from traveling wherever it is possible, But the international students can still travel to Canada under present restrictions as long as some conditions are met. Moreover, the Government of Canada requested all the universities to make a pandemic  readiness plan to describe to the student, how the university can tackle the compulsory two week quarantine plan for all the international students. The COVID-19 readiness plan manages all the details such as where the student can quarantine, arrangements for travelling to the quarantine places and the help regarding the procurement of essential commodities such as food and medicines.

Despite the present pandemic restrictions, Canada remains an attractive destination for international students to proceed their higher education.


Vinay Hari