The number of international students in Canada has been rapidly increasing during the last five years and continues to grow. Moreover, the 2018 International Students Survey conducted by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) also shows that 60% of all respondents indicated their intention to apply for permanent resident status in Canada.
This means that every year Canadian post-secondary institutions in Ontario are welcoming larger cohorts that require settlement support, orientation on immigration pathways and connections to the services available to them in the community.
International Student Connect (ISC) project was developed in 2014 with the impetus to serve international students across the province, a task that that we have been carrying out in partnership with settlement agencies and educational institutions.
This past quarter (September-December) we delivered 152 sessions and served 1,232 students across Ontario. Below is a summary of the great work that all of our partners have done since the inception of ISC.