The Canadian federal government has announced CAN$10.5 million of funding for English as a Second Language (ESL) programmes for new migrants in British Columbia (BC), as part of a wider move to centralise management of services for new immigrants.
British Columbia in Canada is to tighten its quality requirements for post-secondary institutions and language schools. As of June 2014, all eligible institutions will be required to sign up to its Education Quality Assurance scheme (EQA), in light of upcoming changes to the International Student Programme.
British Columbia, which welcomes almost 30% of all international students in Canada, has refreshed the website it uses to market itself as a study destination. BC hosted 100,700 international students in 2010-11, up from 94,000 the previous year, but authorities want this to reach 150,000 by 2015.
A raft of far-reaching proposals to overhaul K-12 level international education programmes in British Columbia, Canada – including a levy on foreign students – is being mooted by the provincial government. It says the reforms will protect the reputation of BC education abroad, but many in the sector complain they have not been consulted.
British Columbia in Canada - home of Vancouver - has launched an International Education Strategy that aims to increase the number of international students in the province by 50% over four years in order to fill a huge gap in the workforce.