Implementation of measure to protect integrity of International Student Program in Quebec

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Ottawa, ON-Jean Boulet, Quebec Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, and the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, announced a new measure to restrict access to the post-graduation work permit for certain graduates of unsubsidized private learning institutions.

This measure consists of making post-graduation work permits available only to graduates of a subsidized program of study. The goal is to take the corrective action needed to address gaps brought to light in an investigation by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur regarding certain unsubsidized private colleges.

Therefore, the Government of Quebec reached out to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to align the post‑graduation work permit eligibility rules for Quebec with those in effect in other provinces. This will ensure that Quebec is not used as a gateway for settling permanently in Canada. In the other provinces, international students who have followed an unsubsidized program of study generally do not have access to this work permit.

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