Petition to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Career colleges are post-secondary institutions, regulated by provincial governments, in existence since the early 1800s, and delivering education and training to over 150,000 students in Canada;
The Post-Graduate Work Permit Program is operated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada pursuant to the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act;
International students attending regulated career colleges, outside of Québec are ineligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program;
International students who attend regulated career colleges are at a disadvantage, compared to other international students attending public institutions, due to their ineligibility to access the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program, which may be seen as discriminatory against these students and regulated career colleges;
Giving access to the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program to international students would benefit Canada and help our country attain its objectives in attracting a qualified workforce for the future;
Sections 200 and 205 of the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act provide the Minister authority to implement a Post-Graduate Work Permit Program but not authority to discriminate against regulated career colleges; and
A list of designated learning institutions has been developed, with guidelines from the federal government and the provincial governments, identifying regulated colleges able to receive international students.
We, the undersigned, students, instructors, managers and owners of regulated career colleges as well as employers, call upon the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to Amend Post-Graduate Work Permit Program policies and change the eligibility criteria for the program to enable international students attending regulated career colleges on the Designated Learning Institution List to apply and obtain Post Graduate Work Permits.
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