In 2018, there were 572,415 international students in Canada at all levels of study, and the province of Ontario hosted the largest number (277,320) across the country.
Some international students come to Canada accompanied by their spouses or common-law partners, many of whom are highly educated and experienced professionals. Yet they struggle to adapt to their new life.
They tend to face language barriers, culture shock, lack of social support, isolation, psychological stresses, child rearing responsibilities and limited knowledge about the various services available to them.
The combination of all these barriers makes it difficult for many spouses and common-law partners to pursue their own career goals and to find or keep suitable employment.
We at the ISC project are aware of this reality and work to help not only international students, but also their spouses and common-law partners to integrate to Canada successfully.