Labor Shortage in Canada to be addressed with the aid of International Students
In Canada, this is a period of economic recovery as well as economic growth, and labor is undoubtedly a key factor, which is crucial to sustain this time period. However, employers in Canada are facing a hard time in their quest to find new employees as well as to retain their existing. This scenario has led the Canadian Government into considering taking a few major
decisions in order to balance-out this labor shortage prevailing in the country, one of which is to temporarily remove the ceiling of maximum hours per week permitted to work for international students in Canada. This decision will be effective from 15th November 2022 and be there till the 31st of December 2023, permitting international students living in Canada, who possess an off- campus work authorization on their study permit to be free from the 20-hour-per-week restraint on off-campus working. Furthermore, if there are any foreign nationals who have already applied for a study permit, they will also be able to gain advantage from this temporary change, subject to their application being approved. This will undoubtedly benefit both parties: the international students in Canada, who are able to gain very beneficial experience in the Canadian corporate sector and achieve
advancement in their career skills, while reading for a world-class qualification in Canada and this will benefit the Canadian employers, who are looking for professionals that will fill up their shortages of labor, while assisting them to better carry out their initiatives to sustain and grow the economy at their intended pace. Anyhow, it should be noted that this decision is provisional upon the international students’ ability to maintain the intended work-study balance, and failure to do so would result in their ineligibility for this benefit.