Canada consistently ranks highly in comparison with other countries for quality of life. However, this study, conducted by banking corporation HSBC, focused on parents and their perception of study programs abroad. Of the 6,241 parents surveyed from 15 different countries, 23% named Canada as the best international study destination for their children. Japan was tied with Canada for third place.
Canada: An Attractive Destination
Canada receives roughly 450,000 international students per year, who are drawn to the country’s world-class universities and colleges, low living expenses, and welcoming culture. Canada recently overtook the United Kingdom as a top destination for international students.
“Studying abroad helps students to develop the skills and mindset needed to collaborate and compete on a global stage,” said Betty Miao, Executive Vice President and Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Bank Canada.
Canadian Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, agrees. “International students are a very fertile recruiting stream for us,” he has said. “They’re young, educated, they speak English or French. They know something about our country. They’re exactly what we need for the future.”
Future Changes Expected to Favour International Graduates
Recent comments from Minister McCallum reflect Canada’s growing commitment to attracting and retaining international students. He has frequently referred to international students as “the cream of the crop,” and has committed to improving the pathway to permanent residence for international graduates.
For this reason, the perception that Canada offers excellent job prospects after graduation is justified. It is widely expected that upcoming changes to Canada’s immigration policy will streamline the application process for international graduates of Canadian institutions who wish to remain in Canada. In fact, there are already several Canadian immigration programs aimed at international graduates of Canadian institutions.
International students in Canada already have enviable employment options open to them. Most students with a Canadian study permit are eligible to work off-campus part-time during the semester, and full-time during scheduled breaks. After graduation, most students may also apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), which enables the holder to work for any employer anywhere in Canada for up to three years. Work experience gained while working on a PGWP may help an individual applying for permanent residence, as Canadian work experience is a highly-valued factor in several immigration programs.
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