International students in Canada have made a significant contribution to Canada’s economy, job base and government revenues;
In 2010, the total expenditure by international students in Canada was approximately $8 billion, which translated to estimates of almost $4.9 billion worth of contribution to GDP, over 86,000 jobs and $455 million of government tax revenue. More than 50% of the international students are from Asian countries whose mother tongue is neither English nor French; primarily China, South Korea, India and Japan;
While the Government of Canada recognizes the substantial economic benefits generated by international students, there is a lack of sufficient resources and support for those international students who intend to stay in Canada to find a job after graduation.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to conduct a study on:
1. equal access to both official language training services for international students and graduates; and
2. co-operative program policies that encourages and allows more qualified international students to gain work experience in the public sector; through which to maximize the benefits of a culturally diverse workforce and contribute to a multicultural society.
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