Hi everyone,

We are mid-way through summer and wanted to share with you some insights from the International Student Connect (ISC) project as well as some information and latest news regarding international students in Canada.

This past quarter (April-June) we delivered 118 sessions and served 1,119 students across the province. Below is a summary of the great work that all of our partners have done since the inception of ISC back in 2014.

High demand topics

Let's Connect and One-On-One sessions provide information on 18 settlement topics identified in a bilingual needs assessment conducted across the province.

These were some the most popular topics among international students during last project year:
  • Immigration Pathways
  • Student Housing
  • Filing Income Taxes
  • About Canada and Ontario
  • Canadian Workplace Culture
  • Labour Market and Employment 
  • Volunteering and Making Community Connections

CCR advocates for

international students

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world, and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.

This year, the CCR’s Spring Consultation took place in Victoria, British Columbia (May 30-June1) and provided an opportunity for participants to explore current issues affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement.

The ISC team was invited to present the ISC project and participate in a discussion about international students in Canada.

In June, CCR released its latest adopted resolutions. International students were included in their list of resolutions as follows:

4. Equity for International Students

  1. The federal, provincial and territorial governments are increasingly recruiting international students as a source of permanent residents, as they are already partially integrated and therefore require fewer post-diploma settlement services (ex. language training);
  2. Applicants for students visas are rejected if they express the desire to stay in Canada permanently, while Canada’s economic immigration system encourages international students to apply for permanent residency at the end of their studies;
  3. Their precarious status puts them in positions of vulnerability (ex. labour exploitation, conjugal violence);
Therefore be it resolved: 

that the CCR take the position that:
  1. Prospective international students should not be penalized in their visa application if they declare their desire to apply for permanent residency upon graduation.
  2. The federal and Quebec governments finance full access to settlement and other support services for international students and their dependants.

To read all CCR’s Adopted Resolutions June 2019, please click here.
Source: CBIE
According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), students choose their study destination based on academic reputation, flexibility and duration of programs, the international prestige of a qualification from a particular country/institution, admission policies, permanent migration and employment opportunities, cultural/linguistic links and financial considerations.
CBIE's 2018 survey shows that the top three reasons that international students chose to study in Canada were:
  • The reputation of the education system in Canada: 82% said this was either essential (36%) or very important (46%);
  • Canada offers a society that, in general, is tolerant and non-discriminatory: 79% said this was either essential (34%) or very important (45%);
  • and Canada’s reputation as a safe country: 78% said this was either essential (36%) or very important (42%).

Check out our webinars!

ISC offers international students free online resources on the ISC website. These include a handbook, fact sheets on various settlement topics and webinars.

Here is the list of our latest webinars: 

You can also watch all of our past webinars here

We're currently developing a Mental Health series and would love to hear your thoughts. Please send us an email to with your feedback.

 ISC Project

ISC project is a bilingual collaborative effort between educational institutions and the settlement sector in Ontario to link international students to settlement services and community networks by providing orientation and resources.

Information is provided to International Students through 1-2 hours Let’s Connect sessions or One-On-one sessions at Colleges and Universities.

ISC is coordinated by COSTI Immigrant Services and funded by the Government of Ontario.

We want to hear from you!


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