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Languages Canada honours commitment to protect students at member programs

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.
“One of the primary purposes of our association is to protect and help international students who are particularly vulnerable to these types of incidents,” explains Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada. “I’m sure the affected students would prefer to continue and complete their education rather than go home, and we will do everything in our power to make that happen,” he adds.
Getting student information
Since LC has just received the VEC administrative documents, the simplest, most efficient way to compile a list of impacted students is for them to write to, with a copy of their letter of acceptance and proof of payment. 
“If VEC had been a member of Languages Canada and had appropriate oversight, none of the students would have had to bear the burden of the closure and BC and Vancouver’s reputation would not be tarnished,” states Gonzalo Peralta.
Languages Canada is Canada’s national language education association representing more than 220 private and public members that offer accredited English and French programs. Overall, more than 134,000 students come to Canada every year to learn English and/or French. Language programs generated nearly $1.5 billion in 2015 in export revenue for the Canadian economy.
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