How Canada Welcomes International Students

For many reasons, Canada is one of the world's most popular study destinations, not least because of its open and friendly approach toward international students. The Minister of Foreign Trade of Canada (at the time) published Canada's International Education Strategy in January 2014, with the goal of doubling the number of international students and researchers in Canada. The strategy is as follows:

"International collaboration in higher education contributes to success on many levels—both domestically and globally. Inviting international students and researchers into Canada's classrooms and laboratories helps create new jobs and opportunities for Canadians while addressing looming skills and labour shortages. Perhaps most importantly, international education fuels the people-to-people ties crucial to long-term success in an increasingly interconnected global economy."

International students who wish to immigrate to Canada permanently might choose from a number of options. The Express Entry part of the website has more information.

The Canadian government has collaborated with provincial and territory governments with jurisdiction over education to develop laws that ensure that Canadian study programmes are well-regulated and quality-controlled. This is to guarantee that genuine international students' interests are safeguarded and that they are able to study at high-quality institutions.