Statistics Canada released a study on January 18, 2022, which examines the engagement of international students in the labour market through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) after finishing their post-secondary education.
The report states that the number of international students participating in the PGWPP after their studies have increased significantly. Under the PGWPP, international graduates can work full-time, part-time, or be self-employed. The PGWPP has started in 2003 as a pilot program in some selected provinces, and then expanded nationwide in 2005.
International students are drawn to Canada by the prospect of working after graduation and eventually becoming permanent residents and Canadian citizens. In order for international students to stay and work in Canada after graduation, the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program is one of the main avenues.
The PGWPP is a temporary worker program that provides labour market opportunities for international student graduates of public postsecondary and private degree-granting educational institutions. The PGWPP also allows international students who have graduated from a recognized Canadian postsecondary institution to gain work experience in Canada. However, the experience may be required to apply for some permanent residency streams.
Through PGWPP, international students can contribute to Canada's labour market, increase the number of qualified candidates for eventual immigration, and make Canada a more attractive destination for studying (CIC 2010).