anyone on a tourist visa can study for up to 6 months. If you choose to study in
Canada for more than 6 months it is necessary to get a Study Permit (student visa).
The benefits of having a Study Permit include being able to renew or extend the
visa from within Canada. If you do not have a valid Study
Permit and wish
to continue your studies, you will have to leave Canada in order to apply for
Due to frequent changes in government regulations
it is best to check with your local Canadian consulate,
high commission or embassy before making your trip.
The following Canadian government link will also get
you started checking current Canadian regulations:
GOVERNMENT NEWS RELEASE- NOVEMBER 23, 2015
Government of Canada provides over
$4 million to help integrate immigrants and internationally trained
Canadians into the workforce
- Belinda Stronach, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal, today
announced over $4 million in funding, through Human Resources and
Skills Development Canada's Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR)
Program, for two projects being carried out by the Association of
Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).
The Canadian Immigration Integration
Project will receive $3,980,499 to pilot test a framework for the
delivery of a continuum of programs and services for immigrants,
starting in their country of origin and continuing after they arrive
in Canada. The project seeks to reduce barriers faced by immigrants
wishing to enter Canada's labour market, but will also support
immigrants in finding employment by facilitating recognition of
Colleges and Institutes Supporting
Immigrant Integration Into the Labour Market will receive $149,621
to support the exchange of innovative practices and enable colleges,
institutes, sector councils, immigrant serving organizations and
regulatory bodies to better collaborate. The project will also
develop a model for the establishment of College and Institute
Immigrant Integration Centres.
"These two projects underscore the
importance of learning institutions, like Canada's community
colleges, in our ongoing efforts to help immigrants to make full use
of their skills so that they may do the work for which they are
qualified," said Minister Stronach. "The integration of immigrants
into Canada's labour market is not something we can do alone - we
must work in partnership with stakeholders like the ACCC to improve
the quality of life for immigrants which in turn will benefit the
health of our cities and our overall economy."
The Government of Canada's FCR
Program will improve the integration of internationally trained
workers into the labour force by working with provinces, territories
and key stakeholder organizations, such as professional bodies,
trade associations and sector councils, to implement projects that
will facilitate the assessment and recognition of qualifications
acquired in other countries.
Today's announcement is linked to
Canada's Workplace Skills Strategy, aimed at helping Canadians to
become the best-trained, most highly skilled workers in the world,
as well as ensuring that employers' needs are met.
The Government is providing $68
million over six years to implement the FCR program and to fund key
activities from our partners aimed at improving FCR processes in
GOVERNMENT NEWS RELEASE- APRIL 25, 2015
April 25, 2015
Health Minister Dosanjh announces $75 million initiative to bring more
internationally educated professionals into health care system
VANCOUVER - Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh today announced a $75 million federal initiative that
is expected to assist more than 2,000 internationally educated health care professionals to put
their skills to work in Canada's health care system.
"The whole country benefits when immigrants and internationally educated Canadians are able to
make full use of their knowledge and experience," said Minister Dosanjh. "This initiative will
strengthen our health system by helping to increase the supply of health care professionals,
which will improve access to quality health care and reduce wait times."
The $75 million, which was included in Budget 2005, will be provided over five years. During
this period, it is estimated the funding will assist in the assessment and integration into the
workforce of up to 1,000 physicians, 800 nurses and 500 other regulated health care
professionals. The numbers will vary, however, according to the priorities of provincial and
"This fulfils the Government of Canada's commitment at the First Ministers Meeting last
September to accelerate and expand the assessment and integration of internationally educated
health care professionals," said Minister Dosanjh. "This complements a series of other measures
we are taking in collaboration with provinces and territories and the health care community to
provide cities and rural areas across this country with the health care workers they need."
Strengthening the health care workforce is a key objective of the Ten-Year Plan to Strengthen
Health Care, which all First Ministers signed in September 2004. The Government of Canada is
supporting the training and hiring of more health care professionals through the $5.5-billion
Wait Times Reduction Fund. In addition, the Pan-Canadian Health Human Resource Strategy provides
$20 million per year to improve health care workforce planning, promote the use of
interdisciplinary health care teams and increase recruitment and retention of needed health care
Minister Dosanjh also noted that today's $75 million announcement is part of a wider
Internationally Trained Workers Initiative, involving 14 federal departments and agencies.
"The Initiative will improve the integration of immigrants and internationally trained Canadians
into the labour force so they can contribute their full potential to Canada and share in its
prosperity," said Minister Dosanjh.
The $75 million initiative on internationally educated health care graduates will build on work
that is already underway. As part of that work, which received $8.5 million in earlier funding
from the Government of Canada, Minister Dosanjh today announced:
* The launch of a national website that will help international medical graduates prepare to
become licensed to practice in Canada. The Association of International Physicians and Surgeons
of Ontario, with funding of $126,356 from Health Canada, took the lead in preparing the online
Canadian Information Centre for International Medical Graduates (
www.IMG-Canada.ca ). The site is a central point of information for international medical
graduates, providing comprehensive information on the Canadian health care system and medical
licensure requirements, education and training services in different provinces and territories.
It also provides information on alternative health care careers. The Website will enable
international medical graduates to assess their options and opportunities even before they come
to Canada and will be linked to Citizenship and Immigration's "Going to Canada" immigration
portal. Minister Dosanjh officially launched the site Monday with Dr. Dale Dauphinee, executive
director of the Medical Council of Canada.
* A National Credential Verification Agency will be established by the Medical Council of Canada
to provide a streamlined process for verifying the credentials of international medical
graduates. After this verification, these graduates can then take an evaluation exam or other
steps toward becoming licensed to practice in Canada. The single-source verification service
will prevent these graduates from having to get their credentials verified in each province or
territory in which they seek licensure. This $1.86 million project is funded by Human Resources
and Skills Development Canada.
* The Medical Council of Canada will make its evaluation exam more readily accessible to
international medical graduates in a $1.34 million project funded by Human Resources and Skills
Development Canada. This exam is the first stage in the licensing process for international
medical graduates in Canada. The exam will be put into an electronic format to enhance its
* The Canadian Post M.D. Education Registry is receiving $834,625 from Human Resources and
Skills Development Canada to create a pan-Canadian database with information about international
medical graduates that will improve planning for the assessment, training and integration of