BC students allege overcharging, fraud by international recruiters

October 12, 2017

Some British Columbia PSE students have alleged that loosely regulated overseas recruiters extorted them or their families in order to make a commission on bringing them to a Canadian university. As part of a special series for the Vancouver Sun, Langara College students Bala Yogesh and Stuart Neatby report that the industry of third-party recruiting agents contracted by colleges and universities is largely unregulated by the federal or BC governments, and that codes of ethical conduct are often voluntary in nature. A 2016 study found that agents accounted for as much as 41% of international enrolments in Canada. The authors report that at present, the only province that regulates the use of international recruiting agents is Manitoba. Vancouver Sun