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The correlation between education and immigration in Canada

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

Believe it or not, Canada is the most educated country in the world. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 60% of Canadian residents have some form of higher education, such as a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or professional certification.

There are many reasons why Canadians are very educated, and we could have a looong article about it, but we know you don’t want to read that much! Therefore, here are 3 reasons relevant to you as an international student in Canada and where you contribute to these statistics.

Government supports schools

Unlike many countries, such as the US, Universities in Canada are majority public institutes. Which means they receive many subsidies and support from the government. This advantage allows the universities to reduce their tuition fee to make higher education more accessible to Canadians and permanent residents. Even with international student fees being higher than the Canadian and PR holder's fees, they are still reasonable for the quality of education provided.

Educating immigrants guarantees a specific level of knowledge

The government's support for education extends beyond what they offer to schools. It also supports how it makes its immigration policies. As we covered in a previous article, education is one of the most straightforward ways to immigrate to Canada. The government welcomes students and makes getting a student permit reasonably clear. And depending on your education level in Canada, your pathway to PR is affected. For example, getting a master's degree from a recognized institute qualifies you for a PGWP for up to 3 years. That time allows you to get the remaining points to apply for an express entry PR program. If you are studying for a Ph.D., the points you earn can immediately qualify you to apply for PR. This system allows the government to receive educated people and still guarantees that they get Canadian-standard education. Smart system, right?

Experienced workers plug talent holes

Another way of immigrating to Canada is through a program called Skilled Worker. This program consists of various professions that the government recognizes as essential for the country's development. One of the requirements for this program is that you have the qualifications recognized by Canada, which include experience and certifications. That means qualified people ready and eager to work in Canada. Yet another way to lure educated people into the country and boost the number of not literacy but also people with higher education within the population.

Overall, Canada has a culture of education. Collectively believing that people should have fair and equal chances for education makes them strive towards that belief. Public education, qualified educators, and free resources through local public libraries are some ways to shape that culture. What is your experience and view on education in Canada?

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