Canada to vastly expand international education

$5 million to be spent annually to attract foreign students


OTTAWA – The Harper government is hoping to attract more students to Canada from overseas — a lot more.

International Trade Minister Ed Fast says the government hopes a new program will see more than 450,000 international researchers and students enrolled at Canadian universities by 2022.

The aim is to attract students from six key countries — China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam.

If successful, the program could result in a doubling of the number of international students studying in Canada.

Fast says he wants to see that happen while preserving current seat space in post-secondary institutions for Canadian students.

The government plans to spend $5 million annually to support the program.

Another $13 million over two years will be spent on the Globalink program, which also helps Canadian students study in other countries.

Fast says encouraging more international education helps to create jobs.

“This strategy will also help us advance Canada’s commercial interests in priority markets around the world,” Fast said in a statement.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the program will pump billions of dollars into the economy.


Canada to vastly expand international education

  1. It’s great that we are opening the doors to our education system but I have some concerns about this. One is that no Canadian should be refused a post secondary opportunity for that of a foreign student but I don’t believe this is the case and I think there should be legislation that guarantees Canadians will get the first opportunity and when openings are still available then we should allow foreign students to enroll. My other concern is that there seems to be a large amount of foreign students holding jobs when they don’t have the legal right to and in most cases it’s cash work. If government or media were to investigate they would find that ten percent of jobs in both the service industry and construction industry fit into this category. We have a lot of Canadians out of work and with this program I believe that number will grow if government is not going to police this situation. So it sounds great but at what true cost to Canada, I think it would be nice if some research was done on these issues before we get excited about the financial benefits.

  2. Hey Ron,

    Great post, but I have a few concerns of my own in regards to it,

    I understand your concern when it comes to the job market, but this is the same case all over the world. What happens when a Canadian moves and is picked for a job . People will argue maybe the Canadian was better qualified, and they might be right. But why isn’t that the case here, these international students pay thousands of dollars to educate themselves and better themselves and integrate themselves into Canadian society, so why limit what they can do ( if they’re capable of doing it). Granted if the Canadian is better qualified then he/she should and probably will get the job based on equal opportunity. Also keep in mind that some of these students just come here to learn and then leave again. Others stay and stimulate the economy and help it grow. I bet if you actually do some research on small business owners, quite a large number of them would be people who have immigrated here.I find that when an individual is tied to the label “International” people automatically consider him/her less fortunate than where they’ve come to study. Instead it might simply be because their local institute doesn’t supply their program or course of choice. I’m a Canadian, I grew up here and am happy to call myself one as well, but we need to open our eyes and stop looking at intl. students as a threat to our economy, but instead learn and understand what they can create and how they can grow our economy to a new level and how we can all benefit from it. I think we should give everyone a chance to learn and live and experience the Canadian lifestyle if they choose that for themselves, who are we to limit their potential by discriminating against them simply because of their status as “international”. Everyone in Canada has moved from some other part of the world, unless you’re an aboriginal, what would have been the case if they were never given an opportunity to live and grow in Canada. What would our economy be if there were no cultural stimulation.

    Once again I understand your doubts and insecurities and maybe you were lead to think this way because of past experiences but if you truly want Canada to grow economically one of the best ways of doing that is to accept international students.

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