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Recipient of the Languages Canada scholarship arrives at Trent University

OTTAWA, ON – April 19, 2017 – Languages Canada is pleased to announce that Renato Medeiros da Fonseca Jr., recipient of the second Languages Canada IsM (Idiomas sim Fronteiras) Scholarship has arrived in Peterborough, Ontario where he will spend a month with Trent-ESL conducting research on their English for Academic purposes program. Renato is an English language instructor at Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) in Brazil.  

CIBT Completes Purchase of Assets of KGIC Inc.

Vancouver, March 30, 2017 - As you may be aware, there have been some substantial developments with the schools under KGIC Inc. (formerly known as the Loyalist Group).  You will find a link to the press release announcing the completion of the purchase of KGIC assets by CIBT Education Group Inc. The transaction closed on March 29, 2017.  We are pleased that Sprott Shaw Language College (SSLC) will assume the teach-out responsibilities of the students at PGIC, KGIC and SEC as well as honouring the commitments of the future students of Cornerstone Academic College which was closed by the Receiver on February 28th.  

Languages Canada signs agreement with the State of Paraná

Ottawa, March 21, 2017 - Languages Canada signed an agreement with the State of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil, whereby both sides declared their intent to cooperate to promote English language learning. The contracts include the commitment from both sides to collaborate on joint internationalization programs and to foster closer ties between Canadian and Brazilian students, educators, and institutions. 

Thank you to longstanding Executive Committee members!

Ottawa, March 17, 2017 - This year, Languages Canada says goodbye to two longstanding board members as they complete several successive terms on the Languages Canada Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Through their varied roles, they have contributed immensely to the success of our association, helping to advance public and private sector interests and bring more visibility to the Canadian English and French language education sector.

Assets of KGIC acquired by CIBT Education Group Inc.

Vancouver, March 16, 2017 - LC staff has been working with the transition team from CIBT as well as Ontario and BC government ministries that the language schools fall under and are pleased at the final outcome.  We are pleased that  Sprott Shaw Language College (SSLC) will assume the teach-out responsibilities of the students at PGIC, KGIC and SEC as well as honouring the commitments of the future students of Cornerstone Academic College which was closed by the Receiver  on February 28th.   

Announcement on Changes for the LC Board and Executive Committee

Ottawa, March 15, 2017 - Languages Canada is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Cath D’Amico (Trent University – ESL Program) as President of Languages Canada.  LC also welcomes three new members to both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors: Biba Fakhouri (Université de Montréal) as Vice-President, David Matthews (ILSC Language Schools – Vancouver) as Treasurer, and Gary Gervais (Heartland International English).

Did you miss our 2017 conference? Here's a recap and a few photos for you.

Quebec, March 1, 2017 -- From February 26 to March 1, 2017, Languages Canada, held its 10th annual conference at the Fairmont Château Frontenac in beautiful Quebec City. Our conference provided the opportunity to come together to hear the voices of our valued member programs. It is a time when we review and reflect on the past year and plan for the future. Over 160 delegates, including LC member representatives, stakeholders, government officials, NGOs, and international education service providers attended the event. 

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.