As per a New Release dated April 22, Canada has removed “barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19”. This is being deemed a “temporary rule change aimed at helping health-care facilities, other workplaces under pressure”.
Canada has removed barriers coming in the way of international students working in essential services. Now, international students in Canada can work full time, provided they are working in an occupation that is considered to be an essential service or function.
By essential service or function is implied “health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods”.
This is an attempt by the government of Canada for making it easier for international students in Canada to join the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
Earlier, international students in Canada were limited to working not more than 20 hours a week while their classes were in session.
This limitation has been temporarily removed. The Canadian government recognizes the fact that international students already in Canada possess the requisite ability to assist in meeting the challenges posed by COVID-19.
As per the New Release, currently, there were thousands of international students that we’re studying in health and emergency service-related programs. Many such students were “nearly fully trained and ready to graduate”.
The temporary changes in the rules will provide the health-care facilities in Canada with access to additional well-trained when they are most required.
As per the National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure, critical infrastructure implies the systems, processes, networks, services, facilities, assets, and technologies that were considered to be essential to the safety, health, economic well-being, or security of Canadians as well as the effective functioning of the government.
The Strategy names 10 sectors as making up the critical infrastructure in Canada –
The temporary change will be in place till August 31, 2020.
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