We support the McGuinty government’s intention to protect and retain international students

By Aaron Berhane April 2010 Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration said on April 26th that Ontario will amend the Post-Secondary Ed...

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By Aaron Berhane
April 2010

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration said on April 26th that
Ontario will amend the Post-Secondary Education Choice and Excellence (PSECE) Act to make it easier for international PhD students to stay in the province.

If this act is amended, the government would be able to better protect international PhD students and preserve the quality of post-secondary education in the province. Moreover, the amendments would strengthen the province’s ability to shut down unauthorized educational institutions and prevent them from taking advantage of international students.

One of the most visible changes would be eliminating the conditions attached to international PhD students. Unlike the current act, international PhD graduates who enrol at Ontario’s publicly-funded universities would no longer need a job offer to apply for permanent residence.

This is a commendable amendment, but it raises worries for some people. If these students are allowed to stay here without employment, this could be an additional burden to Canadian tax payers.

There is no doubt Ontarians will benefit from amendments to the PSECE Act. It will help us to take advantage of the talents of smart students and it will also serve to attract more smart international PhD students to Ontario. Therefore, we need to support McGuinty’s government Acts to protect and retain students.

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