Three important changes have been proposed to the program:
These rules have been proposed with the interests of international students in mind.
“Attracting the best and brightest young minds from around the world is key to the continued success of Canada’s economy and long-term prosperity,” said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. “But there are too many stories of international students who pay a lot of money and leave their families back home to study in Canada, only to find out they have been misled. These changes will help us better protect international students and the reputation of Canada’s post-secondary education system by making sure that international students are coming to quality institutions that comply with basic standards of accountability.”
The proposed changes were developed as a response to the findings of a 2011 evaluation of Canada’s International Student Program. According to CIC, many aspects of these changes have been adopted with success in countries similar to Canada. Once implemented, they will be an important factor in ensuring that Canada’s education system continues to produce the world’s leaders of tomorrow.