New Measure for Foreign Workers Seeking Training and Education

On June 27th, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, announced a new temporary measure designed to eliminate the restriction on the duration of study programs that temporary foreign workers can enroll in without a study permit. Under this new temporary measure, which will be in effect for three years, foreign workers can study on a full-time or part-time basis as long as their work permits remain valid or until the policy expires, without any restrictions on the program’s duration.

Therefore, effective immediately, foreign workers can now pursue additional training and education to improve their careers, aiming to enhance their employment opportunities and increase their chances of obtaining permanent residency.

The recent announcement enables foreign workers to enhance their qualifications and acquire specialized knowledge, thereby equipping them with the expertise needed to meet the evolving demands of the job market. As a matter of fact, by attracting foreign talent and encouraging their continuous professional development, Canadian employers can tap into a pool of highly qualified individuals, alleviating the strain caused by the shortage of skilled workers and fostering economic growth in the country.


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This temporary measure applies to individuals who currently hold a valid work permit or have a pending decision on their work permit extension as of June 27, 2023. However, if a foreign worker intends to study for a period longer than their work permit allows, they will still need to apply for a study permit.