Minister Fast Highlights Canada as Destination of Choice for International Students

Attracting more international students and researchers to Canada will create jobs and opportunities and expand our people-to-people ties in priority markets, says Minister Fast

November 18, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today said that deepening educational ties with countries around the world is part of the Harper government’s continued trade expansion plans for large, dynamic and fast-growing global markets. The Minister was speaking at the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s annual conference in Vancouver.

“Our government is focused on creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians by highlighting the Canadian advantage,” said Minister Fast.  “One of the clear advantages is our world-class education system, which is a key contributor to jobs, growth and prosperity in every region of our country.”

The estimated 265,000 international students in Canada contribute more than $8 billion to the economy and support 86,000 jobs. Education is also Canada’s largest services export to China, second-largest to Saudi Arabia and fourth-largest to India. 

“Our government is committed to building on our education successes in order to further Canada’s advantage,” said Minister Fast. “That’s why we’ll continue to showcase Canada as a world-class education destination of choice. Doing so will contribute to jobs and economic growth and help us build the people-to-people ties around the world that are necessary to grow any trading relationship.”

The Harper government is currently developing an international education strategy, which will seek to take advantage of the global demand for higher education. This demand is expected to grow, with numbers of international students increasing from 3.7 million in 2009 to 6.4 million by 2025. Along with the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, Canada is one of the top four destinations of choice for international students.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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