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PGWP will not be available to international students studying at some private institutions in Qc


PGWP will not be available to international students studying at some private institutions in Qc

The government of Canada announced on June 7, 2022 that certain international graduates studying in Quebec’s unsubsidized private learning institutions will not be able to obtain a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).


Since 2018, unsubsidized private learning institutions have been drawing a large number of international students. Between 2016 and 2018, approximately 4,900 foreign students were granted a study permit at one of these schools, while in 2019–2021, the number of foreign students jumped to 11,500.


The new measure applies to all levels of study and will restrict access to PGWP in Quebec starting from September 1, 2023. Under this measure, only graduates of subsidized programs of study would be eligible for post-graduation work permits.


This is to address the gaps revealed by the Ministry of Education's investigation of certain private unsubsidized colleges.


Jean-François Roberge, Quebec Minister of Education stated that,

"These adjustments will prevent our education system from being misused and ensure that newcomers can really broaden their educational horizons and increase their prospects in Quebec."

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