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Cornerstone Language School Closure in Toronto

Ottawa, March 3, 2017– On February 28, 2017, the receiver in charge of Cornerstone Language School decided to end the school’s operations. Since the problem arose, Languages Canada, its members and employees have been hard at work to minimize any inconvenience that students may suffer.

Languages Canada and AFS/Sentio sign agreement to better serve students in Canada

Quebec City, February 27, 2017 – Canada’s largest language education association, Languages Canada, and Sentio, Global Education Network, a subsidiary of AFS Intercultural Programs, an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities, are proud to announce a mutually beneficial partnership. 

Languages Canada celebrates success of Italy and Eastern Europe trade mission

ITALY, January 30 – February 1, 2017: Languages Canada brought fifteen members – representing Universities, Colleges, and private sector language programs – to Milan, Italy to meet with nearly 30 agencies representing Italy, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland and Slovakia. During the event, participating members had the opportunity to meet with Trade Commissioner Paola Bucalossi and Immigration officer Sarah Erlichman of the Embassy of Canada to Rome, who delivered a valuable presentation about the Italian market and business opportunities for Canadian institutions. Members also had the option of joining a tour to meet with local universities following the official trade mission activities. 

Languages Canada celebrates success of Colombia trade mission

COLOMBIA, November 21-23, 2016 - Languages Canada brought 15 members – representing universities, colleges, and private sector language programs – to Bogotá, Colombia to meet with nearly 30 agencies representing Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Panama. At the opening reception, participating members had the opportunity to meet with Donald Bobiash, Ambassador of Canada to Colombia, as well as representatives from local universities and institutions who are involved in internationalization of language education. Members also had the option of joining a city tour following the official trade mission activities.

ACTFL in Boston: 18-20 November 2016

BOSTON, MA (USA) November 21, 2016 - Languages Canada, in cooperation with la Délégation du Québec à Boston, participated at the 2016 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) from November 18 to 20. 

Final Report – 2nd Canada-Brazil Language, Education and Workforce Forum

OTTAWA, November 17, 2016 - The final report for the 2nd Canada-Brazil Language, Education, and Workforce Forum held in São Paulo, Brazil on March 21-22, 2016 is now available. The report is available in English, French and Portuguese.

A Resounding Success: A Look Back at ICEF Berlin 2016

OTTAWA, November 2, 2016 - This year, Languages Canada represented the language education sector and the Canadian Consortium for International Education (CCIE) at ICEF Berlin from October 30 to November 1. During the event, Charbel Moreno, Manager, International Affairs and Marketing, conducted two seminars:  Quality Assurance in Language Education in Canada and the Canada Course for Education Agents.

FEFLES: Pilot Projects, Action and Collaboration

MONTREAL, October 28, 2016 - On October 27, the third edition of the Exchange Forum on French as a Second and Foreign Language  was held at the LaSalle College of Montreal. The event drew approximately forty private- and public-sector stakeholders involved in teaching French as a second language, Languages Canada members and non-members, as well representatives from the  Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur, the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie and Francophone representatives from Canada and abroad.

ED interview with StudyTravel Magazine: We need a “pan-Canadian approach to international education”

OTTAWA, October 20, 2016 - This week, Languages Canada Executive Director, Gonzalo Peralta, spoke to UK-based publication, StudyTravel Magazine, about the association's activities, government lobbying and market trends. He commented on the association’s efforts to ensure that Canada remains competitive compared to other language learning destinations, the results from the 2015 LC Annual Survey to members and the upcoming trade missions for 2016-17. He concludes by saying that without a pan-Canadian approach to international education, student numbers will decline.

Economic Impact of International Education in Canada – 2016 Update

OTTAWA, October 19, 2016 - Languages Canada is pleased to be able to share with you a study on international education in Canada, commissioned by Global Affairs Canada and released on October 19, 2016. The study, conducted by Roslyn Kunin and Associates (RKA), assesses the economic impact of international students studying in Canada. The sections titled “Languages Canada Short Term Students” were based on numbers provided by Languages Canada thanks to our annual survey of member programs.  

Languages Canada wins CPIEA award

OTTAWA, October 3, 2016 - The Annual Canadian Premier International Education Awards (CPIEAs), which celebrate those who have an impact on international education, took place on the evening of September 22, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. Languages Canada was recognized specifically for its efforts to represent its 220 members who generate $1.5 billion in export revenue for the economy, for supporting Syrian refugees with 15,500 donated study weeks from members, and for showcasing Canada as the top destination for English and French language education.
Our Executive Director, Gonzalo Peralta, was joined by 110 international education industry leaders and delegates from Canada and around the world at the CPIEA Gala and was presented with this prestigious award. Mr. Peralta was recognized on behalf of Languages Canada in the Educational Association category.

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