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Canada: language students stable after 2013 drop

Student numbers in Canada’s language teaching sector have begun to stabIlise after falling almost 10% in 2013, representative body Languages Canada’s 2014 annual report has revealed. Member programmes reported a 6% increase in student numbers from 129,704 in 2013 to 137,416 in 2014.

World Student Day celebrated across Canada

Talent shows, sports activities and home-cooked meals were among the events taking place across Canada last week as part of Languages Canada's first annual World Student Day organised to raise awareness of the cultural and economic benefits international students bring to the country.

Canada: 9.3% drop in ELT students in 2013

Canada’s language sector has suffered a damaging blow due to 2012’s Foreign Service Officer strike and new regulations to the country’s International Student Programme. The second annual Languages Canada member survey show numbers dropped 9.3%, which represented a decrease of overall student numbers for Canada from 142,931 in 2012 to 129,704 in 2013.

Languages Canada shows its teeth as ISP rules bite

CEO of Languages Canada, Gonzalo Peralta, is positioning the organisation to confront the Canadian government and amend clauses in the new ISP that harms members' business. Peralta predicts up to 15,000 students will be lost because Co-op programmes can not be offered by language schools from June.

Canada strikes deal with foreign service workers

Canada’s longest public service workers’ strike, which affected some 100,000 inbound international students, has come to an end after the PAFSO reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian government, late last week. The strike, which began on 2 April, has cost the Canadian economy CAN$1 billion so far while creating a backlog of visa applications for international students.