Canada to Diversify International Student Intake

Federal government of Canada unveiled a five-year international education strategy to drive innovation and expand diversity to increase global ties. 

According to the government’s strategy, it recognizes that international students have a strong presence in Canada. The strategy also shows that around 570, 000 foreign study permit holders contributed over $21 billion to the Canadian economy since the beginning of 2019. 

The government aims to focus on increasing the variety of source countries for international students. With that being said, the government has already ensured almost $30 million to diversify recruitment efforts. 

The recruitment efforts will also target to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Turkey, France, and Ukraine. Usually, most of Canada’s international students come from India and China and are focused on cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary.

As per the strategy, it also aims to diversify where international students study in Canada. Canada’s renowned universities like as McGill, University of Toronto, and Alberta are the most favorable among the students for their post-secondary experience.          

The Minister of International Trade Diversification, James Carr, said –“international students enhance the prospects of innovation and develop cross-culture competencies.”   

If students aspire to immigrate to Canada, they contribute to Canada’s economic success. And, those who choose to return to their countries become the lifelong ambassador for Canada and Canadian values”, Carr added further in the statement. 

The government with their fiver year education strategy also aims to invest $100 million for the Canadians studying overseas. The strategy will focus on the specific group of people such as indigenous people, Low-income and people with disabilities who have refused the opportunity in the past.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen stated, “The strategies for international students are always made in the favor of international students that have made Canada a preferred destination for education programs both in English and French.”

Welcoming students from diverse communities allows international students to gain impeccable career opportunities with quality of life at its best, Hussen added in the statement from the International Education Strategy.  

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