Fact Sheet: Education Sector

International education contributes to Canadian and global prosperity by increasing the quality of human capital through training and collaboration. For Canadians, international education generates jobs and income through the sales of educational services in Canada and abroad and by attracting and developing human capital, filling skills gaps and increasing innovation. Sector activities, which have an impact across the country, include the recruitment of international students to study in Canada and the attracting of researchers to conduct research in Canada or in collaboration with Canadian researchers. The overall education sector in Canada comprises more than 1,400 post-secondary institutions and 372 school districts.

Statistics for 2013

  • Direct employment in Canada: 1,023,318 jobs
  • Exports: $4.3 billion (2012)

Source: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Key Markets

Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, Chile, China, Côte d'Ivoire, European Union, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mali, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, ThailandTunisia, Turkey, UkraineUnited Arab Emirates, United States, Vietnam, Zambia