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Canada Opening Doors to Record Number of International Students

Posted on 24 July 2013 by admin

2012 was a record-breaking year for the Canadian educationsystem. For the first time in the country’s history, over 100,000 permits were issued to new international students. This is an example of Canada’s growing reputation as a global magnet for students of all disciplines from around the world.

Canada’s popularity amongst international students has seen a sharp rise in recent years. 2012’s figures were a full 60% increase from 2004, and the number of new students has the capacity to increase by 7% every successive year. In total, there are currently around 260,000 international students in Canada today, studying both full- and part-time.

What Contributes to Canada’s Popularity?

The government of Canada has worked hard to attract, in the words of former Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, “the world’s best and brightest young minds”. In the global competition for the world’s future leaders and innovators, Canada’s reasons for success are many:

Good Schools – Canada is home to some of the world’s leading educational institutions at all levels of study. McGill University, located in Montreal, is consistently voted one of the 20 best universities in the world. Students in Canada can study in English, French, or often in both languages thanks to the country’s official policy of bilingualism.

Cost of Living – Compared to countries like the US and Britain, the cost of living in Canada is significantly less expensive, easing the financial burden of students during and after studies.

High Acceptance Rate – 81% of study permit applicants receive their Canadian study permits.

Permit Processing Rules – Canada will soon introduce new rules that will restrict the issuance of study permits to only students studying at institutions that have been approved by their province or territory. This will help maintain the integrity of Canada’s work permit program and ensure a smooth study process for students.

Post-Graduation Options – Many graduates from Canadian educational institutions can remain in the country as temporary workers and become permanent residents if they so choose.

After Graduation

After graduating from a Canadian educational institution, students have a number of options before them. Many return to their home countries, where they will use their newly acquired skills to excel in their chosen professions. However, many remain in Canada to live and work for an extended period of time.

“Students who stay in Canada after graduations are a win-win situation,” said Attorney David Cohen. “They are able to begin careers in our thriving economy, while Canada benefits economically from their experience. It is no wonder the country has worked hard to streamline immigration processing for international students graduating from Canadian schools.”

Many students are able to leverage their time in Canada as a stepping stone to permanent residency. Make sure to tune into the next issue of CIC News, where we will explore the different ways in which this is possible. s��X �heme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin’>My faith discourages me from donating any part of my body. Prakash says that the TGLN has spoken with rabbis, priests, imams and pandits, and they all agree that when given the opportunity to save a life, that alone triumphs any religious practice. Yes, each person interprets their faith in their own way, but it is worth it to have this discussion with your spiritual leader.

  1. If I register, the doctors will not work as hard to save my life if the situation arises. Prakash says that the donor database is completely separate from the health records accessible by doctors. Once a person passes away, it is a requirement for the institution to notify the TGLN, and it is only then that the doctors are notified if they are or are not a donor.
  2. I think I am too old to donate. Prakash says that no matter the age, if your organs are healthy enough to save someone else’s life, that is what matters. Also, she emphasizes that just because you register to become a donor, it does not equate with immediately becoming the donor. If death occurs, and it is safe to do a transplant, only then will you become the donor.

Statistics also show the urgent need for donors.

“Right now, there are 1500 people waiting for a transplant [in Ontario], and every three days, one person dies because they could not find a donor. However, with more education and awareness, these numbers will change,” Prakash says.

After almost a year of waiting, it was only in October of 2012 that the transplantation took place for Shilpa Raju. This was after four false calls (false calls is when the doctors think a patient is suited for a transplant, but upon further assessing the lungs and tests, deem the lungs not suitable for the transplant). Now, Raju has recovered and strongly encourages people to become a donor.

“I would not be here if someone (and their family) had not made that selfless decision, and I am incredibly grateful for this gift,” Raju says.

Despite the challenges Raju faced, she has come out of it a stronger person. She persevered through chemotherapy treatment to receive her undergraduate degree in Life Sciences at McMaster University. Soon after her chemotherapy treatment ended in 2007, she went on to receive her master’s in Public Health at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. Now, she remains incredibly thankful to those around who have helped her, and especially the donor who saved her life.

“All of this, it isn’t just about me. It’s something bigger, and I’m just one story,” Raju says

To learn more about how easy it is to become a donor, visit Here, there is information on how to register, and resources to get informed about the process.

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