- July 2, 2021
- Posted by: Clearport Team
- Categories: Clearport, General, Immigration Services, International, News, SRT English Assessment, Student Mobility
More than 3 Million people were vaccinated in Canada during the last week alone
Source: The Toronto Star, June 28, 2021
With a population just under 38 Million, “Canada’s fully vaccinated population is increasing quickly, with more than three million people vaccinated in the last week alone… At the current pace, Canada could reach 50 per cent fully vaccinated in about two weeks.”
This accelerated vaccination pace and increased coverage of Canada’s population raises hope among Canadians of going back to normal, and enthusiasm in Canada and abroad for the country to re-open its borders, a key move to economic growth for the country.
Immigration is Key for Canada
Achieving aggressive vaccination targets is critical for Canada, not only to fuel productive activities and normalize the everyday lives of people, but because immigration is a key component for its economic growth.
Quoted in a recent Bloomberg article, Marc Desormeaux, Scotiabank Senior Economist, said that “Safely resuming population flows is critical to Canada’s recovery from Covid-19.” The article adds that “the inflow of newcomers has been a key pillar of the country’s overall economic growth, having an impact on everything from the housing market to banking services”.
In 2020, Canada saw its slowest population growth since World War I, caused by a drop in international immigration. From 2014 to 2019, Immigration was responsible for over 75% of population growth in Canada, a contribution that dropped to 58% in 2020. With a goal of 341 Thousand new Immigrants for the year, Canada had less than 185 Thousand in 2020. This is almost 50% less than in 2019. At the same time, in 2020 over 86 Thousand non-permanent residents left the country mostly due to COVID, the largest-ever loss of Foreign Workers and International Students.
Re-opening Borders to New Temporary Residents can Boost Canada’s Economy
The Federal Government of Canada headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set a 2020 target of 401 Thousand new Permanent Residents to offset an aging workforce. To achieve this key target, Canada’s government has launched ambitious programs to convert to Permanent Residents thousands of Temporary Foreign Workers and International Students already in Canada.
Although the government is significantly increasing the number of people invited to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry program (6,000 in the Canada June 24 Express Entry Round alone), it is also converting consumers already in Canada from Temporary to Permanent Residents, with limited benefits to the economy.
A much more significant impact can be achieved by re-opening the borders to larger numbers of new Temporary Residents. International Students are a great example.
Expert Panel Says Canada Should Relax Rules for Vaccinated Travelers
According to Bloomberg, “a Canadian advisory body said Justin Trudeau’s government should relax its stringent border rules for vaccinated travelers and drop a requirement that international air passengers quarantine in a hotel when they arrive….the COVID-19 Canada Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel said it’s time for Canada to adopt different entry rules for travelers who’ve been vaccinated. People who have received two shots should be exempt from quarantine and pre-departure virus tests, said the panel, which was created in November by the government”.
Easing up COVID-related travel restrictions can be a key move for Canada.
Canada Needs the $22 Billion Dollars Contribution Made by International Students, and the 170 Thousand Jobs they Support
Estimates from the Government of Canada show that International Students contribute $22 Billion Dollars per year to Canada’s economy, and that they support more than 170 Thousand jobs. But they also have a much larger and permanent impact on the economy, which goes far beyond their graduation dates.
Research by the Government of Canada indicates that International Students who become immigrants make strong, significant contributions to the Canadian economy. More and more International Students are becoming Permanent Residents of Canada, changing from being students to fully undertake roles as workers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and consumers.
International students are a true engine for the Canadian economy, and Canada can benefit quickly by safely reopening its borders to them this Fall.
Canada Ranks #3 in the World’s Most In-Demand Study Destinations.
The number of International Students in Canada has grown six times in the past 20 years, and tripled in the last 10 years.
In 2020, Canada jumped to rank 3rd in global Study Destinations, only behind
Canada is the most attractive study destination worldwide for International Students. This is because Canada has the most complete offering for International Students, including:
- Quality of education, with credentials that are globally recognized
- A safe, multicultural, and non-discriminatory environment
- More affordable Tuition and Cost of Living than other study destinations – Canada ranks first in affordability vs. the top world Study Destinations (16% more affordable than the U.S., 36% more affordable than the U.K., and almost 14% more affordable than Australia, per our recent blog post)
- Quality of Life, ranking in the best globally, with 3 of the Top-10 most livable cities in the world
- Great Study Program options and choice – 103 Colleges and Universities, and more than 30,000 Study Programs in over 700 fields of study
- Regulations that allow International Students to work while they study
- A clear path to a Post-Graduation Work Permit for graduating International Students
- Job Opportunities
- A Vibrant Economy, and
- A clear path to Permanent Residence in Canada
Over 77% of Eligible Canadians Have At Least 1 Dose, Almost 33% Are Fully Vaccinated
Source: Volunteer-run Covid-19 Tracker Canada with data from official government sources
Canada is rapidly heading to achieve a 50% COVID Vaccination coverage of those aged 12 or older. As of June 30th, more than 37 Million doses of COVID vaccines have been administered, 25.7 Million Canadians have received at least one dose, and 11.7 Million are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Canada, Ahead of Germany, China, Italy, France, Brazil, and India.
Comparing key countries in terms of vaccines administered per 100 people, Canada is well ahead of countries like India and China, the two main contributors of International Students to Canada.
It is also ahead of European countries like Germany, Italy and France, and only behind the United Kingdom and the United States.
Source: Our World in Data
British Columbia and Ontario, Close to National Vaccination Averages
Data by Province shows that British Columbia and Ontario are close to the Canadian average in terms of percentage of eligible population that has already received one COVID vaccine dose (British Columbia at 76.9% and Ontario at 76%). Respectively, they have fully vaccinated 28.5% and 35% of their populations aged 12 and over.
The progress made in vaccination coverage by Province is clearly shown in the map of Canada below:
Source: CTV News, “Coronavirus vaccination tracker”, June 29, 2021
For International Students and their Families
Since 2008, we help International Students to come to study in Canada, from Grade School to English as a Second Language, College, University, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
Post-Secondary Schools in Canada offer great programs that are recognized worldwide, from PhDs, Masters and full University degrees, to Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and Certificates. They also provide strong support for International Students. You will make new friends from Canada and all over the world, broadening your horizons. And the best part is that you will have lots of fun! We can help make this lifetime experience come true.
Click on the image above to become a Clearport Student Member and study in Canada
You can Start Studying Online at a Canadian University or College
If you are an International Student and you want to study in a College or University in Canada as soon as possible, you can apply now to qualifying institutions (Designated Learning Institutions or DLIs).
You have 2 great options to choose from and apply now:
- Start your studies online from your country of origin, and travel to Canada when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted; or
- Wait to start your studies after you arrive in Canada after the lifting of these restrictions.
Either way, the time you spend studying (whether starting online or in-presence) will count for a Post-Graduation Work Permit when you graduate your course.
Why apply now for a Post-Secondary Education in Canada?
To apply for a Study Visa and Permit, International Students need to obtain a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from a Designated Learning Institution, or DLI.
A DLI is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host International Students. Only graduates from DLI Post-Secondary programs can qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
The Government of Canada and Provincial governments have also reviewed COVID-readiness plans submitted by DLI Post-Secondary Institutions, indicating the measures they have put in place to manage their programs under safe conditions. The Government of Canada publishes here a list of those Post-Secondary Institutions that have an approved COVID-Readiness Plan.
Post-Secondary DLI Institutions in Canada that have an approved COVID-Readiness Plan are allowed to take International Student applications at this time. To start studying in Canada as soon as possible, you have 2 options:
1. Apply now if you want to start studying online from your country. Many Schools are currently offering International Students the option to start some Study Programs online, from the Student’s country of origin. Because of COVID restrictions, the time that the International Student spends studying online will be counted by the Government of Canada towards a Post-Graduation Work Permit, which the Student can apply for after graduating from his/her full-time study program. Under this option, you can start studying online now, without wasting any time, knowing that all the time you spend in your study program will count for the purposes of a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
This has the additional advantage of allowing you savings in Cost of Living, with those expenses being postponed until you can travel to Canada after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The Government of Canada has said that it expects to announce in early July exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers who are eligible to enter Canada. If you are interested in the option to start online, with the time spent studying online counting towards a Post-Graduation Work Permit, be aware that this is a temporary measure to help International Students and Colleges / Universities in Canada, so you should apply now because it can be modified or discontinued as COVID restrictions are lifted.
2. Apply now to start in Canada once COVID restrictions are lifted and you can travel here. Some students may prefer not to start their studies online and wait until they can travel to Canada. If this is your case, you should still apply now, because COVID restrictions are expected to lift soon, and accumulated demand is already high. The sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get your Letter of Acceptance (LOA) in time to secure a place to study in Canada at the College or University that best fits your preferences starting in September 2021 or January 2022. Places are filling up quickly!
Our 2 Types of Memberships Give International Students the Level of Service and Value they Want:
Basic Student Membership:
This is a Self-Service option that gives you access to our world-class online tools to choose the right school and apply to it, and to assess if your English level meets school requirements. Great value, saving time and money vs having to do all the school research and school application on your own.
Student Concierge Membership:
This option gives you access to our fully personalized service, including one-on-one calls with our Education Consultants and step-by-step assistance in: School and Study Program research, review and selection, including costs and requirements; School & Visa application processes; Housing arrangements; Budget preparation; and more, even 24/7 emergency support while studying in Canada. Our Student Concierge Membership gives you all the convenience and peace of mind that you and your family need, plus SRT, our English Assessment & Improvement tool to meet the English level required by your school of choice.
Click below to watch a short video and learn more about our Student Mobility Services to study in Canada!
What Can Our SRT English and Skills Assessment Do For You?
Our SRT is more than just an English and Skills Assessment.
SRT (Success Readiness Tool) will also tell you if you are ready to come to Canada based on your English and essential skills, because show it gives you the approximate score you would obtain in other English tests that are popular in the market.
But there is more! SRT identifies any gaps you may have, then gives you a Personalized Learning Plan to improve focusing only on those areas (with hundreds of free online lessons and activities). It also lets you test again to measure your progress.
SRT gives you precise Result Reports, a Learning Plan, a Certificate for each of the 6 areas tested, and lets you test again to gauge your progress. SRT gives you great value for money!
And in Other News… Did You Think that Canada is Always Cold? It is not!
Although many abroad may think that temperature in Canada is always colder than in most of the world, over the past weeks and days some regions of the country have been really hot (really!).
Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for many parts of Western Canada. The Prairies (the Provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta), along with coastal British Columbia, are all experiencing record-breaking temperatures.
Environment Canada typically issues heat warnings when the temperature is expected to be over 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
As Canada celebrated Canada Day (July 1st., the date on which Canada was created in 1867), an article by CBC News indicated: “Heat dome continues to bake Prairie provinces as record temperatures expected”.
The Village of Lytton, British Columbia (around 260 km northeast of Vancouver), established 3 successive national heat records for Canada this week (highest at 49.6 degrees). Sadly, it has been evacuated due to wildfires that started on June 30th.
Many more Cities, Towns and Villages established new heat historic records in the past few days and weeks as a persistent heat dome covers most of western Canada.
Source: CBC News and Environment Canada
According to Global News, “Environment Canada says the “historic” weather system shattered 103 heat records across B.C., Alberta, Yukon and N.W.T. on Monday.”