Spending by international students and their visiting friends and family amounted to CAN$11.4bn in 2014, up from $8bn four years earlier, according to the federal government’s new economic impact study.
Competitive fees and attractive post-study work options are some of Canada's most magnetic features drawing international students to its shores. Word of mouth recommendations, however, remain powerful influences.
Delegates at the CBIE conference were challenged by colleagues to better enable routes between study in Canada, with students wanting "more mobility and modularity" in terms of access, but also needing better support post-study too in finding employment.
The number of Canadian students studying abroad has dropped for the third year in a row, according to data released by CBIE, despite a large-scale survey showing almost 90% of students are interested in studying abroad.
The Canadian government has revealed details on long-anticipated changes to the Express Entry system that promise to ease the route to permanent residence for international students, and boost Canada's competitiveness as a study destination.