The federal government plans to “substantially increase” the number of foreign students it allows into the country this year.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney made the announcement Friday. He didn’t say how many more students will be lured here, but noted Australia allows 10 times more students from India than Canada does.
Kenney said Canadian universities are pressing for more foreign students because they pay the highest tuition fees, making them “a source of revenue.”
He said foreign students would have a chance to understand Canada’s labour market and languages, and put themselves on a “much faster pathway” to immigration.
Under a program launched last year, foreign students are eligible to apply to become permanent residents when their visas expire.
Kenney also said he expects a major reduction in the number of temporary foreign workers allowed into Canada because of the slowing economy and rising unemployment.
– The Canadian Press