Minister Valcourt Proud of Attracting Best International Students to Canada

February 12, 2013 - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), meets on Parliament Hill in Ottawa with a group of 25 university students from Latin America and the Caribbean. During the meeting, Minister Valcourt highlighted the importance of international education and the role of Canada’s French-language universities in the global economy.

“Our government is committed to continuing to attract the best students to Canada,” said Minister Valcourt. “Their presence in the country creates jobs and stimulates economic growth, as well as strengthening our people-to-people ties with other countries.”

The students are pursuing graduate studies in Canada in areas related to good governance, democracy and civil society.

The students have come to Canada on scholarships though the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program. Since 2009, over 2,000 students from Latin America and the Caribbean have received scholarships from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

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Press Secretary
Office of the Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie)
613-790-3637

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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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