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Government announces help for employers to meet their labour needs News release Process launched today allows temporary workers to get back to work quickly May 12, 2020—Ottawa—With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting almost every sector in Canada, temporary foreign workers and their employers are confronted by new challenges in a rapidly changing job market. Many temporary workers with employer-specific work permits lost their jobs this spring. While some have left Canada, others are unable to leave due to international travel restrictions or the reduction in flights available. Under existing rules, to change jobs they need to apply and wait for a
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Flexibility in post-graduation work permit rules to help international students and Canadian post-secondary institutions Ottawa, May 14, 2020—International education represents a significant economic benefit to Canada, with international students contributing $21.6 billion to Canada’s GDP and supporting nearly 170,000 jobs in 2018. International students are also often excellent candidates to apply to remain in Canada permanently, with nearly 54,000 former students becoming permanent residents in Canada in 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on international students. In response to the health and travel restrictions that are in place, many designated learning institutions (DLIs)
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Government announces help for employers to meet their labour needs News release Process launched today allows temporary workers to get back to work quickly May 12, 2020—Ottawa—With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting almost every sector in Canada, temporary foreign workers and their employers are confronted by new challenges in a rapidly changing job market. Many temporary workers with employer-specific work permits lost their jobs this spring. While some have left Canada, others are unable to leave due to international travel restrictions or the reduction in flights available. Under existing rules, to change jobs they need to apply and wait for a
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Non-optional and non-discretionary travel: COVID-19 program delivery Non-optional and non-discretionary travel: COVID-19 program delivery This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders. Air travel and border measures have been implemented to protect the health and safety of Canadians by restricting optional and discretionary international travel. These instructions describe IRCC’s role in supporting the administration of these measures and provide guidance on how to assess non-optional and non-discretionary travel.
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Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19 April 22, 2020—Ottawa—To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. During the COVID-19 outbreak, workers in certain roles and industries have been under considerable pressure, and the government recognizes that international students who are already present in Canada will
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Orders in Council PC Number: 2020-0263 Date: 2020-04-20   Whereas the Governor in Council is of the opinion that   (a) based on the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organization, there is an outbreak of a communicable disease, namely coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in the majority of foreign countries;   (b) the introduction or spread of the disease would pose an imminent and severe risk to public health in Canada;   (c) the entry of persons into Canada who have recently been in a foreign country may introduce or contribute to the spread of the disease
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Other News
Orders in Council
Practice notice – Special measures due to covid-19
How the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services: visitors, foreign workers and students
How the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services: travel restrictions and exemptions
Update on 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (March)
Temporary foreign workers, some international students and approved permanent residents who haven’t yet landed are now able to enter Canada.
Guidance for Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers Regarding COVID-19
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Orders In Council
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