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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.

As last year’s figures demonstrate, more international students are studying in Canada than ever before. In 2018, over 572,000 international students opted to study in Canada. Impressively, the number of Indian international students grew by 40 per cent last year, with 172,000 Indian study permit holders in Canada. Even more remarkably, international students spent more than $21-billion in Canada in 2018, according to a study by Global Affairs Canada.

But what do all these complex numbers mean for international students? In essence, there has never been a better time to study abroad in Canada. As this well-rounded plan indicates, the Canadian government views international students as exceptionally valued assets that contribute to the overall enrichment of the country. In other words, when international students arrive in Canada, they are greeted with nothing but respect and acceptance from the country’s highest authorities.

To learn more about the benefits of studying abroad in Canada, contact Rising Phoenix International. And, when you finally do decide to start making arrangements for your semester abroad, Rising Phoenix International will be there to assist you as you embark on the next exhilarating chapter of your story.


· The Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-trudeau-government-outlines-five-year-148-million-plan-to-attract/

· Canada Immigration Newsletter: https://www.cicnews.com/2019/08/canada-wants-to-diversify-international-student-intake-0812691.html#gs.56c0yq

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