IRCC Temporary Rule Change Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19

Date Announced:

April 22, 2020

Active Period:

April 22, 2020 and ending on August 31, 2020.


To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

International students


essential workers | essential services

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