Message from Dan Patterson: Important information regarding recent media reports

Dan PattersonYou may be aware through media reports that a statement of claim has been filed against Niagara College in relation to some international graduates from our General Arts and Science program, who have not been successful in obtaining work permits from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

CIC has recently denied some graduates’ applications claiming that taking online courses along with on campus courses is not allowed.

Some of these graduates are now seeking compensation from Niagara College.

We are disappointed CIC has taken this position towards our graduates.  Vice President Academic Steve Hudson summed up our position as reported in the Globe and Mail when he said, “I would be very surprised if students in most programs in Ontario now, at either the college or university level, did not take online courses as part of completing their credential. It’s been a focus for additional flexibility for a number of years now.”

We are working closely and consulting with legal counsel and intend to vigorously defend this action against Niagara College.

As this matter is now before the courts, we are limited in what we can say.  However, please do not let this distract us from a very exciting time at Niagara College, as we prepare to welcome our new and returning students for another successful year.

Should you have any questions or concerns, or receive a media inquiry, please contact Rob Walters, Senior Advisor to the President at rwalters@niagaracollege.ca or ext. 4001.

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