Canada Plans to Diversify International StudentsConcerned 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 EstimationWith 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:
- Encourage Canadian students to gain new skills through study and work abroad opportunities in key global markets, especially in Asia;
- 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
- Increase support for Canadian education sector institutions to help grow their export services and explore new opportunities abroad.