New project for preparing foreign students for jobs in British Columbia
Canada, 23rd February: A new pilot program has been launched by British Columbia for helping foreign students get Canadian work experience after graduation in this Canadian province.
The new pilot project in the BC(British Columbia) will be available to students of the private educational institutes of BC.
Announcement about this new initiative was made by Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Richmond, Alice Wong and B.C Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development Ida Chong yesterday.
The pilot project in the BC marks the next move by the Canadian government for alluring foreigners to come and study in Canada.
The total number of foreign students coming to Canada in the year 2009 was 85,140 showing an increase of 25 percent in the number of international students arriving in Canada since the year 2005.
Parliament Secretary Wong said that BC remains committed to attracting foreign students to Canada and keeping them in Canada after their graduation.
She said the aim of this pilot program is to strengthen the position of Canada as a destination for foreign students.
The coming ten years will witness nearly a million job opportunities in B.C. and immigration will prove to be a major source for filling them, informed Minister Chong.
It is through the expansion of this program to the private institutes that Canada can help in providing increased opportunities to foreign students to work here and to help them stay in B.C. permanently, Chong added.
Presently, graduates from any of the eligible programs at a post-secondary institute are provided opportunities to get Canadian work experience under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.
The program is open to graduates for making application for Canada work permits for a maximum period of three years subject to the length of the study period of each international student in B.C.
Prior to this program, foreign students studying in private degree-granting institutes and public colleges and universities were eligible to apply for Canada work permits.
The two-year pilot program in B.C. was implemented on 31st January 2011 and has helped graduates of private post-secondary institutes offering career training programs who have already received the designation of B.C. EQA(Education Quality Assurance) to make application for open Canada work permit.
Foreign graduates having education in Canada, work experience in Canada and familiarity with Canada cultures are best candidates to be chosen as Canada permanent residents under the Canadian Experience Class, Jason Kenney, Canada immigration minister added.