MONTREAL, October 27, 2015 – Languages Canada, the association representing 39 accredited programs of language education in Quebec, is pleased to announce a framework affiliation agreement has been reached with the CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Iles. The framework will allow Languages Canada’s private sector programs in Quebec to continue to receive international students to study French or English under study permits.
The regulation issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in 2014, requires that a student who applies for a study permit for six months or more in Canada must demonstrate they will attend a provincially designated institution. Unlike other provinces, the Quebec government has not agreed to recognize language programs, despite the accreditation and the guarantees offered by Languages Canada.
"We are very pleased to have found a partner that supports the growth of the international language education sector in Quebec,” said Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada. "More than 12,500 students choose Québec every year to study French or English. This represents nearly 800 jobs and $111 million in export revenue for the province," said Mr. Peralta. “And we hope that through these partnerships we can show international language students that they can do more than learn a language – they can go on to top quality post-secondary programs in Quebec.”
This collaboration will showcase to students programs offered by the CEGEP and encourage them to continue their post-secondary education. In fact, 35 per cent of international students who choose Canada to study French or English continue their post-secondary study here. If the project is successful, an additional $ 360 million will be injected into the Quebec economy over two years.
“We are proud to be the only CEGEP to have signed such an agreement with Languages Canada. This partnership will exert a leverage effect on our recruiting campaigns, which will give us the opportunity to present our programs to these international students,” said Mr. Yves Galipeau, director of the CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Iles.
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ABOUT CEGEP DE LA GASPÉSIE ET DES ILES
The CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Iles is located in the very heart of Canada’s nature, surrounded by beaches, the Forillon national park and the Gaspésie national park. It has three campuses and a national school: the Gaspé campus, the Campus des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, the Carleton-sur-Mer campus, and the École des pêches et de l’aquaculture du Québec. There is an anglophone section, where it is possible to do full or partial immersion. The CEGEP is very well appreciated for its small student groups, the accessibility of its teachers, its top management, and the individual monitoring it offers.
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