International students who graduate with a post-secondary degree online will now be eligible for Canada's three-year post-graduate open work permit.
Prior to this change, online learning could not count towards a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). Canada had introduced an exception because of the COVID-19 pandemic that allowed students who completed 50 per cent of their studies from abroad to work in Canada after graduation.
However, now, international students who complete their entire program from abroad will still have the option to apply for a PGWP.
"Our message to international students and graduates is simple: we don't just want you to study here, want you to stay here."
This new announcement came just weeks after Canada announced the current PGWP holders can renew their work permit for up to 18 months.
Usually, PGWPs have duration of up to three years, and cannot be renewed or extended.