The lack of a clearly articulated policy on international students is damaging Canada's efforts to compete with its trading partners for the pool of highly skilled graduates, according to this report published by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).
The report is based on the first large-scale national study to focus on the experience of international students in entering the Canadian labour market. The research team, with financial support from the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), surveyed a thousand students at 20 colleges and universities across Canada.
Only a third of the students planned to try to stay in Canada. Most said they were deterred from working in Canada by inconsistent and confusing policies and practices.
The authors point out that many employers do not know they are now allowed to hire international students and graduates. Even when they are informed, they are reluctant to do so until the government of Canada provides better guidance on the regulations.