Canada’s International Education Strategy: Provincial and Territorial Benefits

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In 2012, Canada hosted 265,377 long-term (six months or longer) international students. It is estimated that these students contributed approximately $8.4 billion to local economies across the country through fees for tuition, accommodation, transportation and other expenditures. Some 86,000 Canadian jobs were sustained in every region of the country thanks to the activities of international students.

Education Facts 2012

Alberta

  • International long-term students: 18,521
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 7.0
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 5%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $587.5 million
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 4,770 jobs

British Columbia

  • International long-term students: 68,321
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 25.7
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 5.3%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $2.2 billion
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 21,460 jobs

Manitoba

  • International long-term students: 7,243
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 2.7
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 5.5%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $229.7 million
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 1,640 jobs

New Brunswick

  • International long-term students: 3,773
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 1.4
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 2.7%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $119.7 million
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 1,030 jobs

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • International long-term students: 2,050
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 0.8
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 6.9%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $65 million
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 370 jobs

Nova Scotia

  • International long-term students: 9,655
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 3.6
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 10.1%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $306.3 million
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 1,890 jobs

Ontario

  • International long-term students: 111,171
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 41.9%
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 9.3%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $3.5 billion
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 29,970 jobs

Prince Edward Island

  • International long-term students: 804
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 0.3
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 9.1%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $25.5 million
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 60 jobs

Quebec

  • International long-term students: 38,114
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 14.4
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 5.9%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $1.2 billion
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 8,000 jobs

Saskatchewan

  • International long-term students: 5,675
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 2.1
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: 8.3%
  • Estimated expenditure by international students: $180 million
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): 1,050 jobs

Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut combined

  • International long-term students: 73
  • Percentage of Canada’s international-student population: 0.03
  • Compounded annual growth rate, 2007–2012: -4.0%
  • Estimated expenditure by international-students: $2.3 million
  • Estimated employment impact (2010): Not significant

Note: Estimated expenditure by international students based on average annual expenditure of $31,720 per international student (all study levels) on tuition, books, accommodation, meals, transportation, and discretionary spending, as indicated in International Education in Canada - An Update by Roslyn Kunin & Associates, Inc., released in May 2012 and commissioned by DFATD.