WITH PHOTOS OF THE SECOND DAY (MAY 4TH) OF ORIENTATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNPRECEDENTED SPRING/SUMMER ENROLMENT OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Contributed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
Ontario is supporting more international opportunities for college and university students from Ontario and abroad, helping to build a strong economy, and enriching the education for all students, communities and the province.
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, recently announced a new strategy to improve the educational experience of both domestic and international postsecondary students, while contributing to the economy, and ensuring a sustainable college and university system.
The strategy will put students first by offering the following initiatives:
• Scholarships for domestic students to study abroad;
• Opportunities for domestic and international students on Ontario campuses to share perspectives and learn from each other, such as guest speakers and intercultural events;
• Increased Ph.D. funding for international students to study in Ontario to help attract top talent;
• Improved campus supports for international students to help them integrate into their campus and community; and
• Promoting French-language education in Ontario.
Helping students access international experiences that foster intercultural understanding and prepare them for a rapidly changing economy is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity. and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation; free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students; a higher minimum wage and better working conditions; and free licensed preschool child care from two years of age to kindergarten.
“Ontario is a province with deep ties all around the world,” Hunter said. “That diversity isn’t just a defining character of our people, it’s our competitive advantage. By better preparing students as global citizens, we’re laying the ground-work for them to become industry and community leaders here in Canada and on the world stage. As our world becomes more and more connected, so too should our postsecondary education and training system."
International students enrich Ontario’s communities, and their presence contributes over $7.8 billion to the provincial economy every year.
In 2017-18, there were over 123,000 full-time international students from more than 175 countries studying at publicly-assisted institutions in Ontario.