Canada’s $148-million plan for international students
Great news for international students: Last month, the Canadian government outlined a $148-million, five-year plan to attract more international students to the country’s prestigious post-secondary institutions.
With this international education strategy plan, the government is hoping that students will bring new cultures and ideas to Canada, thus stimulating innovation and economic growth.
Over the course of the next few years, the plan will be targeting countries where the prospect of a Canadian education in English or French holds appeal. As such, the government’s initial focus will be Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, Turkey, and France. In addition to diversifying global recruiting efforts for Canadian schools, the strategic plan is expected to incite international students who come to Canada to apply for permanent residence, thereby bringing their knowledge and networks to the country.