Serge Buy of the National Association of Career Colleges said he supports the move to tighten up the rules. That said, he's hopeful provinces and territories will give equal consideration to private career colleges when they establish their lists of eligible institutions.
He's also hoping that the new rules will also mean international students who attend legitimate career colleges that are on the list will be able to obtain postgraduate work permits, which is not the case for most now.
Buy raised further concerns about barring people enrolled in programs that are less than six months from obtaining student visas. Many career college courses are condensed and students that may need to retake some classes will be adversely affected if they're forced to leave the country and return on a new tourist visa.