Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba

September 13, 2007 11:22 ET

Off-Campus Work Program for International Students Extended to Private Institutions

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2007) - Parliamentary Secretary Ed Komarnicki, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Diane McGifford, Manitoba Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy, and Nancy Allan, Manitoba Minister of Labour and Immigration, today announced the implementation of a pilot project that expands the Off-Campus Work Permit Program for international students to include selected private institutions in Manitoba.

As a result of this project, international students in qualifying programs at the Canadian Mennonite University, Providence College and Seminary and William and Catherine Booth College will be eligible to apply for off-campus work permits. Previously, only international students at public universities and colleges were able to apply.

"Canada's New Government is committed to helping all newcomers to Canada, including those who are here to study," said Parliamentary Secretary Ed Komarnicki. "This pilot will allow more international students studying in Canada to work off-campus, to contribute to our economy and gain Canadian work experience."

"There are almost 3,000 international students attending post-secondary schools in Manitoba, many of them at private institutions," said Minister McGifford. " The expansion of the Off-campus Work Permit program will mean more international students will bring their skills, knowledge and their own distinctive perspectives to our workplaces."

"Manitoba pioneered a successful off-campus employment project and was the first Provincial Nominee Program in Canada to allow international students to apply for permanent resident status," said Minister Allan. "We are proud to build on our partnership with CIC to provide more opportunities for international students to pursue post-secondary education and develop their career potential."

"Since many of our international students come from the developing world, the Off Campus Work Program will allow them to have a degree of financial independence that has not been available to them previously", said Booth College President, Donald Burke. "In turn, they will be able to contribute to our community by using the skills they already possess. This program will benefit international students, Booth College and our community-at-large."

The pilot project is being implemented on a province-by-province basis. Following extensive consultations, the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba have agreed to implement the project for only those programs and institutions that offer degrees, as recognized or authorized by the Province of Manitoba. Discussions to implement pilots in other provinces are continuing with interested provinces.

For information about the Off-Campus Work Program, please visit the CIC Web site at: http://www.cic.gc.ca

BACKGROUNDER

OFF-CAMPUS WORK PERMIT PROGRAM

The Off-Campus Work Permit Program was launched nationally as a formalized program on April 27, 2006, for students at public institutions following a pilot program introduced in 2003. In the last four years, over 8,300 international students have already benefited from the initiative. Prior to the introduction of this program, these students were only allowed to work on the campus of the educational institution at which they were studying.

In Manitoba, public institutions already participating in the program include: Brandon University, College universitaire de Saint-Boniface, University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Red River College and Assiniboine Community College. The new pilot project will extend the program to international students in qualifying programs at the Canadian Mennonite University, Providence College and Seminary and William and Catherine Booth College. As a result, students who qualify for the program will be able to work up to 20 hours a week off-campus while classes are in session, and full-time during summer and winter breaks and over reading week.

To qualify for an off-campus work permit, international students must:

- hold a valid study permit;

- have studied full-time for at least six months out of the previous 12 months in an eligible institution and in a qualifying program that leads to a degree;

- have signed a consent form authorizing the exchange of their personal information between the participating institution, the province of Manitoba and Citizenship and Immigration Canada;

- have satisfactory academic standing in their qualifying program of study at the time of their application for a work permit;,

- have maintained satisfactory academic standing during the six months of full time study out of the previous 12 months and since their application for a work permit;

- continue to fulfill the terms and conditions of their study permit and work permit, as applicable; and

- continue to meet the above eligibility requirements while participating in the program.

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Tim Vail
    Press Secretary
    613-954-1064
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Marina Wilson
    Media Relations Spokesperson
    Communications Branch
    613-952-1650
    or
    Communications Services Manitoba
    Diane Coble-Kendall
    204-945-3811