Canada launches strategy aiming to double number of foreign students

January 16, 2014

The Canadian government has launched a new International Education Strategy that seeks to double the number of international students studying in Canada (to 450,000) by the year 2022, “without displacing Canadian students.” Ongoing funding, approved in the most recent federal budget, of $5 million per year will be dedicated to the strategy, with most of the money going towards “branding and marketing Canada as a world-class education destination.” The strategy will target Brazil, China, India, Mexico, North Africa, the Middle East and Vietnam, and will aim to improve links to and partnerships with international PSE institutions. It also includes a $13-million investment over 2 years in Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization that helps Canadian university students obtain placements in academic institutions overseas. Canada News Release | National Post