OTTAWA  – The Canadian Federation of Students (the Federation) welcomes announcements by the Minister of Education, Marco Mendicino, that 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are currently living in Canada will have access to new pathways to residency. Beginning May 6, 2021, Canada’s Immigration Department will start accepting up to 40,000 applications from international students who graduated from Canadian institutions.

“The contributions of migrant students, graduates, and workers in Canada are finally being acknowledged and acted upon. While the implementation is imperfect, this is a welcomed change,” said Ankit Tripathi, International Student Representative at the Canadian Federation of Students. We commend the student leaders and community organizers, including the Migrant Workers Alliance and Migrant Students United, who continue to fight tirelessly for the rights of all newcomers in Canada,”

To access pathways to residency, health care and other eligible essential workers must have at least one year of Canadian work experience to apply, while international graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last four years.

“Our members have been lobbying elected officials for more direct access to residency for international students. Improving this access means stronger and more vibrant Canadian communities,“ said Nicole Brayiannis, National Deputy Chair of the Federation. “We hope to see this program expanded to provide all migrants residency status and opportunity.” 

The Federation stands in solidarity with migrant students, graduates and workers across Canada, and continues to work with elected leaders. Students continue to fight for fairness for all international students, including pathways to citizenship and access to universal post-secondary education.