International Education Strategy: Consulting Canadians

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Budget 2011 announced the creation of an expert advisory panel to make recommendations to the ministers of international trade and finance on a new strategy for international education. In October 2011, the Government of Canada announced the members of the Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy.

Online Consultations (October–November 2011)

The expert panel solicited input via an online survey; respondents were asked to comment on:

  • the recruitment of international college and university undergraduate and postgraduate students;
  • partnerships between Canadian and foreign educational institutions;
  • the sale and lease of Canadian curricula;
  • the establishment of offshore campuses of Canadian institutions;
  • international research collaboration; and,
  • other relevant topics.

The Advisory Panel received more than 125 submissions from respondents across the country and, based on this input, established goals for the strategy.

Round-table Discussions (December 2011)

In December 2011, the Advisory Panel on the International Education Strategy held a series of round-table discussions with partners and stakeholders in various cities (see list below). Participants shared their views on how the strategy could help to achieve the goals established during the consultations. The Advisory Panel met with representatives of education associations and institutions and private sector organizations during these sessions. Consultations were also held as part of the “access to talent” discussions that led to the Global Markets Action Plan. In total, the Panel consulted almost
250 organizations, including all provincial and territorial governments and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

  • Ottawa, December 5, 2011
  • Halifax, December 7, 2011
  • Montréal, December 8, 2011
  • Toronto, December 9, 2011
  • Edmonton, December 12, 2011
  • Vancouver, December 13, 2011

Collaborative Discussions (January 2012)

The Advisory Panel’s engagement process culminated with a two-day session in January 2012, when 57 partners and stakeholders reached a consensus on the priorities for the Panel’s recommendations.


The Government of Canada also commissioned a series of studies focusing on various aspects of international education:

The Government of Canada's Response