The report, entitled Estimating the Comprehensive Economic Impact of International Students in Language Education Programs in Canada, was written by Canadian economist Roslyn Kunin.
“This report delves into economic and employment impact and opens the door to examining impact on immigration”
The data upon which the study was conducted is based on 2019 numbers – before the pandemic affected the sector. intend to update this study annually or biannually to reflect the ongoing importance of the Language sector to the overall Canadian Int’l Education industry.
It showed that, in 2019, the country’s language education sector enabled 30% of the $22bn in annual exports contributed to Canada by international education.
Kunin estimated that every year, at least 35,657 students prepared by Canada’s language programs go on to post-secondary education programs in Canada.
“By using a cohort model, Dr. Kunin clearly articulates how the path undertaken by language students translates to $6.7bn in export revenues and 75,000 jobs annually,” Languages Canada said in a statement.
Other key findings were that the language education sector brings over 150,000 tourists and their families into Canadian communities every year and helps Canada both fill workforce gaps and meet immigration objectives.
“While this report delves into economic and employment impact and opens the door to examining impact on immigration, the association is also eager to understand other key questions in the social realm such as the impact of sharing our values with 150,000 young people from around the world every year and our role in creating diversity and inclusivity in Canada,” Languages Canada continued.
Earlier this year research carried out by Bonard on behalf of Languages Canada found that Canada’s English and French language education sector will make a steady recovery over the next two years.
The research, which was carried out in March 2021, aimed to evaluate the global language education sector and Canada’s position with it.
It found that Canada was the most popular choice for prospective students who were considering studying English abroad. Some 31% of students were considering studying English in Canada. The second top destination was the UK with 20%.
For those who were considering studying French, Canada came in second place, with 32% – while the top destination was France (51%).