International Students Get Boost at Canadian Schools

Program expansion triggers more support and partnerships.

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) expanded to three more countries in 2019. The program now allows students from Senegal, Morocco, Pakistan, China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam, to get a Canadian study permit in just 20 days. This program made Canada’s international student population double from 2012 to 2018. The growing number helps Canadian schools supplement their revenues, promote diversity, and enriches the academic experience for all students.

On the other hand, there is more settlement and integration to set up since international students may face loneliness, financial hardship, or difficulty finding work. Providing a positive experience, including the opportunity to contribute to the Canadian economy and society, is important for Canada’s future. That’s why some Canadian schools have made some changes.

In Sydney, N.S., the Rotaract Club at Cape Breton University is offering free beds to international students. There are 47 mattresses available to those who live off campus.

In Ontario, the University of Windsor hosted a forum on how to better support international students including job searches and obtaining permanent residency.

The first francophone university in Ontario will start classes fall 2021 and is inviting international students to fill spaces in the classroom. Named the Université de l’Ontario français, the school is opening in downtown Toronto next September and will offer programs in human plurality, globalized economy, urban environment and digital cultures. Programs in management, communications, social work, law and psychology are expected to launch next fall with the support of partnering institutions. To attract international students, the school is working on creating partnerships with institutions in Africa, Asia and Europe. These include…


  • UCLouvain, Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Saint-Gilles, Mons, Tournai, Charleroi)
  • ULB, Université libre de Bruxelles
  • ULiège, Université de Liège (Liège, Gembloux, Arlon)
  • UMons, Université de Mons (Mons, Charleroi)
  • UNamur, Université de Namur (Namur)
  • USL-B, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (Bruxelles)


  • Agence de développement et d’encadrement des PME du Sénégal
  • Groupe Sup de Co Dakar


  • Université Da Nang
  • Université de Can Tho
  • Université de commerce du Vietnam (UCV)
  • Université de Hanoi

Partnering Canadian institutions include:

  • Université Laval
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Toronto
  • Ryerson University
  • Université de Hearst

The school will start accepting applications from international students in April 2020. Administration officers, finance officers, faculty lecturers, and others, will be hired in February, March and April.

Why Canada is attractive for international students

Canada is renowned as having a tolerant and multicultural society with a strong quality of education offered by some of the world’s top universities and colleges.

Canadian education can help international students in their application for permanent residency through programs such as Express Entry, as well as International Graduate streams under the Provincial Nominee Program and by the province of Quebec through its Quebec Experience program. Under Express Entry, candidates with a Canadian post-secondary education may receive up to 30 additional points toward their overall score. According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), in 2018, 25 per cent of those who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency through Express Entry were former international students. The Canadian government reports that international students who become permanent residents have strong employment and wage outcomes.

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