News & Events

As Canada’s language education sector representative, we strive to keep all members and stakeholders up-to-date on the latest sector news and events.

News & Events

    Quebec Facilitates the Exploitation of Foreign Students

    MONTREAL, September 29, 2016 - With its outdated and overly permissive laws, the government of Quebec has allowed the unprincipled operation of second language schools that exploit the vulnerability of foreign students.

    “In Quebec, it is all too easy to take advantage of international students”, explains Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada, adding,” While some provinces corrected the problem years ago, Quebec is unfortunately in last place in this regard. This translates into more and more students getting duped when they come to Quebec.”

    College Platon under scrutiny

    OTTAWA, September 27, 2016- On Tuesday, September 27th, a former member of Languages Canada will be in the news, and for the wrong reasons. College Platon has been the  object of several formal complaints at the Office de la protection du consommateur du Québec, Quebec's consumer affairs office. 

    The complaints allege that College Platon refuses to refund students when a visa is denied, asking the student to reapply several times while withholding the refund.

    Languages Canada honours commitment to protect students at member programs

    VANCOUVER , September 1, 2016 – A large Vancouver language school, Vancouver English Centre (VEC), closed its doors last Friday leaving many international language students stranded. Although VEC was no longer a member of Languages Canada (LC) at the time of closure, the association will do everything in its power to place students who registered before June 28, 2016 into other Vancouver accredited language schools.

    More than 6,500 international students will celebrate Canada today

    OTTAWA – July 15, 2016 – More than 6,500 international students from Asia, South America, the Middle-East, Europe, and many other countries will celebrate their chosen destination, Canada, during World Student Day (WSD) today. They will take a short break from their English or French studies to take part in sports and cultural activities, and to express their appreciation for Canada.

    More than $180M in lost export revenue for Canada due to a decline in student numbers — survey

    OTTAWA, June 30, 2016 – Canada’s language education sector experienced a major downturn in growth in 2015, according to recent survey data from Languages Canada. The Languages Canada 2015 Annual Survey Report presents findings from the 2015 Languages Canada annual survey conducted in February 2016. Member programs completed surveys to create a report that provides essential insights into the state of the language education sector in Canada.

    Languages Canada applauds PM's decision to lift visa requirements for Mexico

    OTTAWA, June 29, 2016 – Languages Canada applauds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s move to lift its visa requirements for travellers from Mexico as of Dec. 1, 2016. The Prime Minister announced the news following his bilateral talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Ottawa on Tuesday. Sharon Curl, President of Languages Canada, attended a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the President of Mexico on Tuesday.

    Syrian refugee integration initiative: Meet Mohammed

    When the war started in 2011, Mohammed and his family were trapped at home, forcing him to drop out of the first year of university. In January of 2012, they had to leave Syria. While travelling to Jordan, the Syrian army denied anyone the ability to leave the country; if someone was caught, they would be shot. The only solution was to pay someone to help them escape.  (...)

     

    Ontario loses more than $90 M in revenue due to a decline in international student enrollment

    OTTAWA, May 9, 2016 – More than $90 M in export revenue for Ontario was lost last year due to a substantial decline in international student enrollment, according to the latest Languages Canada survey data. 

    Millions worth of free English classes for Syrian refugees going unused

    With long wait lists for Syrian refugees trying to get into publicly-funded language classes, some schools are questioning why their donated lessons aren't being used. Read the full CBC News BC article here

    Benefits of under-documented French language market may be significant for Canada — research findings

    VICTORIA, March 4, 2016 – A new research report released today highlights the potential benefits of tapping into Canada’s French language education offer to help Canada position itself as the top destination for international students to learn French.

  • Events

    Languages Canada's 10th annual conference

    Join hundreds of delegates in beautiful Quebec City from February 26th to March 1st as we explore emerging trends and identify opportunities for the Canadian language education sector. Our conference provides the opportunity to come together to hear the voices of our valued member programs. Several ground-breaking workshops, led by leaders from both public and private sectors, will explore relevant themes and issues for a maturing sector in 2017. All key areas of the language education sector will be explored !

    2016 Trade Mission - Latin America

    Meet top agents in some of the highest performing markets in languge education. Experience market-focused meetings and build successful business relationships. Save money and time with low-cost events and ongoing networking opportunities. Meet 20 to 30 agents on-site with close proximity to your hotel. Access high profile marketing intelligence provided by Canadian Embassies and Consulates.

    French Forum 2016

    Join us in Montreal on October 27 for the Third Edition of the French Forum! The Exchange Forum on French as a Second and Foreign Language is the leading professional development event for francophone members of Languages Canada. Not only are French program members invited to attend, but also professionals from institutions and organizations working in the field of language education in Canada. Known for its conviviality, this event represents an important opportunity for exchange, discussion and networking. For this third edition of this event, the La Salle College of Montreal will be hosting the forum once more.

    2017 Trade Mission - Italy and Eastern Europe

    Accelerate your market intelligence and presence in some of the world’s top target audiences. Key benefits: Meet top agents in some of the highest performing markets in language education. Experience market-focused meetings and build successful business relationships. Save money and time with low-cost events and ongoing networking opportunities. Meet 20 to 30 agents on-site with close proximity to your hotel. Access high profile marketing intelligence provided by Canadian Embassies and Consulates.

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    Join hundreds of delegates in beautiful Quebec City from February 26th to March 1st as we explore emerging trends and identify opportunities for the Canadian language education sector. Our conference provides the opportunity to come together to hear the voices of our valued member programs. Several ground-breaking workshops, led by leaders from both public and private sectors, will explore relevant themes and issues for a maturing sector in 2017. All key areas of the language education sector will be explored !