17 Apr Work permits issuance at the Ports of Entry has been suspended
Work permits issuance at the Ports of Entry has been suspended
On April 10, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has clarified that foreign nationals will not be allowed to board a plane departing from any country except the USA if they don’t have the work permit or approval letter. This also applies to the residents of visa-exempt countries who usually can ask for a work permit at the border. Therefore, foreign nationals will not be able to apply for a work permit at the port of entry unless they enter Canada from the United States and allowed to do so under Order in Council 5.
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Changes coming to allow seasonal workers to apply for CERB: Qualtrough
The Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough announced on April 11 that her department is working to help seasonal workers who currently are not eligible to apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). According to Qualtrough, the government is looking for ways to help such workers. In the meantime, Ottawa has announced plans to help bring in temporary foreign workers involved in the agriculture sector as well as their employers. The government will allocate $50 million to fund the self-isolation of the temporary agriculture workers upon arriving in Canada. These funds make-up $1,500 paid to employers for each worker brought in.
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Universities and colleges face a potential budget deficit impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
International student enrolment is a multibillion-dollar industry that constitutes the main source of the budget of the Canadian post-secondary education institutions. As a result of the impact of the COVID-19, Canadian universities and colleges are facing a potential budget deficit. A potential drop in the number of enrolled international students will eventually reduce tuition revenue. Experts estimate the loss of about $6 billion looking forward to a 2020 fall academic term. It is not possible to predict when international travel restrictions will be waived. Students from India and China account for more than half of foreign students in Canada and they could face difficulties even leaving their countries. Education institutions may turn to federal and provincial governments for more help to make up for any revenue shortfalls.