Canada boosts efforts to recruit Chinese students

September 15, 2010

The federal government is stepping up its efforts to recruit qualified Chinese students to Canada through the expansion of the Student Partners Program (SPP), a joint initiative of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. First implemented in India, the SPP aims to increase the approval rate of study permit applications at 20 participating colleges. In the program's first year, the number of Indian students studying in Canada rose from just over 11,000 in 2008 to nearly 19,000 in 2009. China is the top source country for students studying in Canada, with nearly 50,000 Chinese students residing here last year. CIC News Release