The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is pleased to see funding in Budget 2019 to make possible international experiences for Canadian youth and to make Canada a destination of choice for international students. The Government of Canada is proposing to invest $147.9 million over five years starting in 2019-20, and $8 million per year ongoing for international work/study opportunities to help Canadian post-secondary students gain the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. In addition, funds will be used to promote Canadian education institutions to high calibre international students.
An investment in Canadians learning abroad has been a priority area for CBIE and its members for many years and, given the tremendous growth in the international education sector, this represents a significant step forward in ensuring that our country thrives socially, culturally and economically for years to come.
“Supporting international learning experiences is one of the best ways to reinforce the values of openness and inclusion that are the hallmark of Canada’s success as a diverse society,” said Larissa Bezo, President and CEO of CBIE. “Moreover, there is strong evidence that educational mobility produces the greatest benefits among students from less advantaged backgrounds.”
A CBIE survey of 7,000+ Canadian students revealed that 86% of respondents were interested in a learning abroad experience but 80% would require financial assistance to do so.
Added Robert Summerby-Murray, CBIE Board Chair: “By making learning abroad financially feasible for Canadians from all socio-economic backgrounds, Canada is moving decisively to prepare Canadians to participate and contribute as global citizens, working across borders, cultures, languages and values to mutual benefit.”
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