A quality education is the key to a successful future. That is one of life’s truths that fall in the same camp as the two other certainties; death and tax. It is certainly not surprising that parents place a high value on their children’s education and often cites ‘access to internationally recognized education’ as one of their major motivations for immigrating their family.
A number of countries are known for their superior level of educational excellence and Canada is certainly an international leader. The country, which currently ranks 4th in the world, is the only English speaking country in the top 5 of the list. In fact, education is so important and common in Canada that at least one in three people living and working in the country holds a tertiary qualification.
In the most recent round of international Pisa tests, Canada was one of a handful of countries to appear in the top 10 for math, science and reading. When the most recent Pisa rankings are looked at more closely, at regional rather than national level, the results for Canada are even more remarkable. Three Canadian provinces Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, scored among the top five places for science in the world, alongside Singapore and Japan and above the likes of Finland and Hong Kong.
According to a BBC article children of new migrants score as high in the Pisa tests within as little as three years from setting their foot in a Canadian school for the first time. It makes Canada one of the few countries where migrant children achieve at a level similar to their non-migrant counterparts.
Canada’s secret weapon? Canada's teachers are well paid by international standards - and entry into teaching is highly selective. This means an educational system with only quality teachers who are paid their worth!
Quality education and a tolerant and inclusive approach to migrants are the top reasons why nearly half a million international students are currently enrolled in Canadian educational institutions. New data from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) show the number of international students in Canada reached a total of 494,525.
This number represents a 20 per cent jump over 2016 and surpasses the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy goal of 450,000 international students in Canada by 2022.
Even though the number represents international students pursuing all levels of Canadian education, it is worth noting that the number of international students in Canadian post-secondary institutions has been on the rise over the past three years.
According to statistics released by StatsCan Canada ranks as the world’s 4th most popular destination for international students and Canada is doing everything it can to keep or improve on this position and it is understandable as Canada derives nearly eight billion Canadian dollars annually from international student expenditures including tuition and living expenses. The presence of international students created over 81,000 jobs and generated over than CAD$ 445 million in government revenue.
A study permit / Visa
Once an international student has gained admission to a Canadian school, he or she will need to apply for a study permit. Learn more about Canadian study permits by speaking to an immigration expert at New World Immigration who are proudly accredited Canadian Immigration Agents.
Source: Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Canadian Bureau of International Education, StatsCan and BBC