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Ontario Connecting College and University Students with International Experiences

Province Building a Globally Competitive Workforce

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, along with Han Dong, Parliamentary Assistant, today 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 PhD 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 2 ½ to kindergarten.

Quick Facts

  • International students enrich Ontario’s communities and their presence contributes over $7.8 billion to the provincial economy every year.
  • The quality of Ontario’s colleges and universities is recognized internationally with seven of Ontario’s universities ranking in the top 400 in the world.
  • In 2017-18, there were over 123,000 full-time international students from more than 175 countries studying at publicly-assisted institutions in Ontario.

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“Ontario is a province with deep ties all around the world. 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.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“It is through strong intercultural relationships that Ontario can extend its reach globally, and create an adaptable workforce with opportunities for growing our economy beyond our borders. When students develop understanding and skills of the world, that helps them create and innovate both at home and abroad.”

Han Dong

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

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