CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN ANNOUNCE A PILOT PROJECT FOR
OTTAWA, May 6, 2004 — Judy Sgro, Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration, and Saskatchewan Immigration
Minister Pat Atkinson, today announced the signing of an
agreement for a pilot project that will make it easier for
foreign students, who graduate from colleges and universities
in Saskatchewan, to work in the province for an extra year.
“This project marks a step in our efforts to make Canada a
destination of choice for foreign students,” said Minister
Sgro. “Not only does it provide more opportunities for
graduates in the province to gain valuable work experience,
but it also provides an additional incentive for international
students considering Saskatchewan to complete their studies.”
The joint agreement, which takes effect on June 1, 2004,
will allow foreign graduates in Saskatchewan to gain an
additional year of work experience in their field of study.
Currently, following graduation, foreign students may work for
a maximum of one year in a job related to their studies
without having to obtain an opinion from Human Resources and
Skills Development Canada. Under this new agreement, work
permits can be renewed for a second year, making it easier for
graduates to continue working in the province.
“Saskatchewan’s immigration program is opening up to bring
more people to our province, including more foreign students,”
said Minister Atkinson. “This will complement changes that
come into effect today to allow foreign post-secondary
students who graduate in Saskatchewan and get work in their
field to apply for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
There are about 1,700 foreign students studying in
Saskatchewan who are eligible to apply for the program, if
they find work here after graduation.”
The agreement will ensure that graduate foreign students
who wish to apply for permanent resident status will be able
to submit their application for immigration and continue
working while awaiting a decision. For these graduates,
additional time spent in the province is also likely to result
in stronger ties to their communities — further increasing the
likelihood that they will settle in Saskatchewan if they
choose to remain in Canada.
Under the terms of the agreement, both the original work
permit and its renewal will apply only to work in Saskatchewan
for temporary foreign workers who graduated from a publicly
funded post-secondary institution in that province. The work
must be related to the graduate’s area of study.
The agreement will be in effect for three years during
which there will be an ongoing evaluation of the project’s
impact. CIC has signed a similar agreement in Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick and Alberta and continues to explore similar
initiatives in other regions.
For more information (media only):
Citizenship and Immigration Canada:
Office of the Minister
Saskatchewan Government Relations and Aboriginal Affairs (GRAA)
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Canada–Saskatchewan Memorandum of Understanding on
Post-Graduation Employment for Foreign Students
Citizenship and Immigration Canada –
Saskatchewan Agreement on Postgraduate
Employment for Foreign Students
- To allow recently graduated foreign students from
Saskatchewan public post-secondary institutions to acquire
extended work experience related to their field of study,
through enhanced employment opportunities in Saskatchewan.
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the Ministry
Responsible for Immigration, and the Ministry of Learning in
Saskatchewan recognize the economic, social and cultural
contributions of foreign students to Saskatchewan.
- CIC has committed to developing projects that will
encourage immigration in a number of regions in Canada.
- The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to
encouraging immigration, including the admission of foreign
students to the province.
- Providing a means for foreign graduates to gain Canadian
work experience in their area of study will serve them well
when they return to their country of origin, or if they
choose to remain in Canada as immigrants.
- Foreign graduates who remain in Canada can be an
attractive source of skills for Canadian employers.
- The agreement will be in effect for three years,
beginning June 1, 2004.
Renewal of Postgraduate Work Permits
- CIC will renew, for an additional year, the work permits
of recently graduated foreign students who are currently
working as temporary foreign workers and who intend to
continue to work in a field related to their studies.
- The renewal will be valid for work in Saskatchewan for:
- temporary foreign workers who studied at least two
years in that province;
- who graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary
institution in Saskatchewan; and
- whose first year of postgraduate employment was in
- The renewal is not valid for foreign students on a
Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program, a Government of
Canada Awards Program or who are funded by the Canadian
International Development Agency.
- CIC and Saskatchewan will establish outcome measures to
monitor and evaluate the success of the agreement in the