I think this is acknowledging that we are allowing people to immigrate here by taking some perfunctory education, working as much as is allowed (perhaps some under the table) and try to get their PR. Frankly, we should eliminate the pointless 'education', as it is frankly a waste. Quite a cottage industry for local colleges like Humber, Centennial, Sheridan, etc.
There's a few dimensions to this. But the biggest one is that our education sector very much needs these students to sustain itself. Without them, our education system would be a lot smaller. Would we accept that, especially the closures of colleges and universities in smaller cities?
The other side of it, is our failure on integrating foreign education and experience. I don't feel like much has changed on that front, since I watched my parents struggle in the early 90s. And they were English speaking university grads from India with a decade of experience in their fields. The reality is that a Canadian educated immigrant is literally the best possible immigrant we can get. No issues with language skills or foreign education. They are usually at the start of their working lives. And we haven't had to subsidize any of their upbringing or education. Substantial net gain.
The solution is subsidized housing, for the poor and for those studying, rather than dragging down wages because Trudeau's friends want him to.
The reality is quite a few of them are already working. A lot of it under the table. Especially for other immigrants. I suspect the government is trying to legitimize some of this.
As for addressing the housing issues, well we know how that's going.....