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July 15, 2020

Updates related to COVID-19 

As we all continue to work together to support each other and those most vulnerable in our communities, take note of these recent federal updates:

For international students, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced additional support measures for international students beginning a new program online this fall with a Canadian learning institution, including:

  • priority study-permit processing for students who have submitted a complete application online;
  • allowing students to count the time spent pursuing their studies online abroad toward their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit, if they have submitted a study permit application and if at least 50% of their program is completed in Canada; and,
  • implementing a temporary 2-stage approval process for international students who cannot submit all required documentation due to pandemic-related closures. It is important for prospective students to note that commencing their studies online from abroad following approval-in-principle of a study permit application is not a guarantee that they will receive a full approval of their study permit application, or be authorized to pursue their studies in Canada.

With these temporary measures, international students will be able to continue contributing to vitality of the Canadian communities in which they study from coast to coast to coast.

However, for many students, especially those enrolled in programs being delivered in blended or hybrid models, studying entirely online will not be an option. We continue to work with IRCC, other federal departments, and provincial associations to facilitate the safe and guided return of international students to Canada in the fall.

For jobs, internships, and community service, the Government of Canada announced further support for students as part of the nearly $9 billion in support for post-secondary students and recent graduates announced in April, including:

  • New measures include, the Canada Student Service Grant, the Student Work Placement Program, the Canada Summer Jobs program, Mitacs, the Digital Skills for Youth program, the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, and the Business + Higher Education Roundtable.
  • The federal government also announced $15.8 million to create green jobs and training opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in energy, forestry, mining, earth sciences and clean technology sectors.

College and institute action: our online showcase highlights some of the responses we’ve seen in areas ranging from applied research and online learning to support for small businesses and student well-being. Share with us more of what your institution is doing!

Remember: our COVID-19 webpage gathers all of our most recent updates, including advocacy with the federal government and freely available teaching and learning resources. Be sure to check in often.


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