Canada Plans to Diversify International Students

  Concerned that over half of Canada's international learners come from only two nations, China and India, the federal government has committed almost CA$30 million (US$ 22.6 million) over the next five years to diversify worldwide recruitment attempts in the post-secondary industry.   The plan aims to increase the number of learners from a wider variety of nations including Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Turkey, France, and Ukraine. The approach will also aim to encourage global enrollment in colleges outside the main towns of Canada, as well as French education and programs that usually attract fewer learners.   The Government of Canada has announced a new international education strategy called "Building on Success: Canada's International Education Strategy (2019-2024)," defining a new stage in Canada's internationalization approach. The plan is committing CDN$148 million over five years to international educational initiatives, followed by an additional CDN$8 million annually of ongoing funding.  

Budget Estimation

  With a Budget 2019 allocation of $147.9 million over five years followed by $8 million per year of ongoing funding, our new International Education Strategy will, in collaboration with the provinces, territories, associations, and institutions:  
  1. Encourage Canadian students to gain new skills through study and work abroad opportunities in key global markets, especially in Asia;
  2. Diversify the countries from which international students come to Canada, as well as their fields, levels of study, and location of study within Canada; and
  3. Increase support for Canadian education sector institutions to help grow their export services and explore new opportunities abroad.
  The approach of the federal government, published this week, acknowledges the powerful presence of global learners in Canada, stating that since the beginning of 2019, 570,000 foreign research permit holders have contributed more than $21 billion to the Canadian economy.   If [students from abroad] choose to immigrate to Canada, they contribute to Canada’s economic success,” Carr said in a statement. “Those who choose to return to their countries become life-long ambassadors for Canada and for Canadian values.   Also included in the budget is a plan to extend Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS), which allows students who submit applications electronically and “meet additional up-front requirements” to access faster visa processing times. The SDS is currently available to students from China, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines, and was recently expanded to include Pakistan. Under the new strategy, SDS will be expanded to additional markets through 2024.   Canada’s federal government recognizes the benefits that international students bring to the country. We anticipate the International Education Strategy to continue working to make Canada a great place to study, as well as a welcoming place to call home.   The economic contribution of education has grown rapidly in recent years. International students spent more than $21-billion in Canada in 2018, according to a study by Global Affairs Canada, and had a larger economic impact than exports of auto parts, lumber or aircraft. The number of foreign study permit holders in Canada has more than doubled since 2012.   Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, said that international students are “often ideal candidates for permanent residency,” in a statement from the International Education Strategy.    The strategy builds on the attributes that have made Canada a destination of choice for international students: strong schools and programs of study in both English and French; welcoming and diverse communities with an enviable quality of life, and opportunities to start careers and pursue permanent residency,” Hussen said.   Immigration Experts best Immigration Consultant will help you to resolve all of your Canadian/Australian immigration-related queries. You may contact us at 8448-450100 or leave an mail at You may also fill the Technical Assessment Form. One of the experts will soon contact you to discuss the Canada/Australia PR query. Our experts having experience of more than 10+ years. Let Immigration Experts plan your immigration option for Canada/Australia to achieve your dream.