Canada announces changes to International Student Program

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        The Government of Canada has announced several changes to the International Student Program to protect international students from fraud. Starting in December, postsecondary designated learning institutions (DLIs) will need to confirm each applicant’s letter of acceptance with IRCC to ensure that study permits are only issued with genuine letters of acceptance. IRCC will be adopting ...

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Maclean’s unveils University Rankings 2024

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  Maclean’s has unveiled its University Rankings for 2024, which evaluates Canadian universities based on their performance in five areas: students, faculty, resources, student support, and reputation. Rankings are divided into three lists—Primarily Undergraduate universities, Comprehensive universities, and Medical Doctoral universities—which are determined by a university’s size and speciality. The top five universities in the Primarily ...

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Universities Canada, CICan, CBIE respond to idea of two-tier system for international applicants

  Universities Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, and the Canadian Bureau for International Education spoke to The PIE News about the proposed two-tier system that would expedite the visa process for international students. Under the system, which could reportedly be introduced as soon as 2024, IRCC would not need to verify parts of applications that have ...

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QC Immigration Minister responds to McGill, Concordia concerns about changes to PEQ

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I think that McGill has an attraction, an appeal that is worldwide.They will be able to attract international students even though we have changed the rules of the PEQ diplomé," said Immigration Minister Christine Fréchette, seen in a file photo. PHOTO BY PIERRE OBENDRAUF/Montreal Gazette   Government of Québec Immigration Minister Christine Fréchette has responded to the ...

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Eight Canadian universities among the top 200 in World University Rankings 2024

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      Times Higher Education has released the World University Rankings 2024, which includes nearly 2,000 universities from over 100 countries. The ranking uses a slightly different method this year and measures an institution’s performance across five areas: teaching, research environment, research quality, industry, and international outlook. THE states that several countries shifted in terms of average ...

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Indian students worried, postsecondary institutions provide resources as Canada-India diplomatic tensions continue

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  Indian students who are interested in or currently studying in Canada are concerned about the impacts that the diplomatic tensions between Canada and India could have on their postsecondary education. University World Newsreports that students are afraid about a possible backlash and shared their concerns that Canada may stop issuing Indians student visas or that ...

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Senators urge governments to resolve challenges with international student program: Discussion Paper

                      Four Canadian senators—Sabi Marwah, Ratna Omidvar, Yuen Pau Woo, and Hassan Yussuff—recently published a discussion paper urging federal, provincial, and territorial governments to better manage the country’s international student program. International students have recently become the subject of ongoing debates pertaining to housing supply and affordability, but the senators contend that “international students are […] ...

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India issues travel advisory for students, nationals in Canada

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India has issued a new travel advisory encouraging Indian nationals and students to “exercise utmost caution” when travelling in Canada, reports CBC. “Given the deteriorating security environment in Canada, Indian students in particular are advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant,” states the advisory. Students are also required to register with the High Commission ...

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IRCC considers expedited international study permits for “trusted” institutions

  The Globe and Mail reports that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is exploring the idea of creating a two-tier system that would expediate study permits for “trusted” institutions. The system would reportedly reward institutions that offer a “higher standard” of care and support for international students, explained Aissa Diop, spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Marc ...

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UWindsor celebrates installation of first-in-Canada electric-steam turbine chiller

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Hybrid chiller a first for Canadian universities The University of Windsor recently celebrated the installation of a dual drive, electric-steam turbine chiller, which will heat and cool buildings on campus. The chiller uses electricity and steam energy to minimize natural gas usage and is part of UWindsor’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is ...

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Canada explores options to student housing crisis, including cap on international students

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As the Government of Canada explores options to address the ongoing student housing crisis, a potential government-imposed cap on international students is on the table. “The international student program […] serves Canada’s interests, it contributes tens of billions of dollars to our GDP, and it provides a pipeline of young and talented people who will ...

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NB postsecondary, government join forces to launch Study NB initiative


              The Government of New Brunswick and eight postsecondary institutions have joined forces to launch the Study NB initiative. This initiative uses a new website to attract more students to NB by providing information about the opportunities available at the province’s postsecondary institutions. Collaborating institutions include: Collège communautaire de Nouveau Brunswick, Maritime College of Forest Technology, ...

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Canada announces over 500 STEM internship positions for recent postsecondary graduates

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          The Government of Canada has launched 581 internship positions in environmental science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through the federal Science Horizons Youth Internship Program, four companies—BioTalent Canada, Clean Foundation, Colleges and Institutes Canada, and ECO Canada—will place recent graduates in internships for 2023-2025. The placements are meant for youth aged 15-30 who have recently ...

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AB advanced education mandate letter proposes increased seats, support for career colleges, mental health supports

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Alberta's premier wants the advanced education minister to pave the way for private career colleges to deliver accredited diploma and degree programs. Premier Danielle Smith outlined the proposal in a Friday mandate letter to Minister Rajan Sawhney, along with 17 other goals. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)   In a mandate letter to Government of Alberta Advanced Education ...

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IRCC pauses deportation for international students, announces plan to investigate each case

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  The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship The Government of Canada Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) Sean Fraser issued a statement about the next steps for the case of fraudulent letters of admission. Fraser explained that each case will be reviewed and every affected student that is subject to a removal order ...

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How continuing education models can serve international students: Editorial

  It’s important to take a look at international students by listening to their needs, providing wraparound services and supporting students before their arrival, throughout their education and beyond. In a recent editorial for The evoLLLution, Michelle Aarons (York University) discusses how continuing education programs can better serve international students. Aarons argues that continuing education models should take ...

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Canadian universities rank in THE Impact Rankings 2023

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  The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023 have been announced and several Canadian universities ranked among the top 100 in the world. THE Impact Rankings measure a university’s performance in advancing the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This year, four Canadian universities were in the top ten institutions: Queen’s University (third), the University of Alberta (seventh), and ...

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Deportation order over fraudulent admissions letter could “set precedent”

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  The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has ruled that Edmonton-based Karamjeet Kaur be deported by May 29, reports the Canadian Press. This decision was delivered after it was discovered that the college admissions letter Kaur received more than five years ago from Seneca College–which secured her entry into Canada–turned out to be fraudulent. Though ...

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