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ACCC response to the Postmedia article “Career colleges raise concerns about student visa reforms”

January 11, 2013 – I want to offer some clarity to your recent article on student visa reforms and private colleges, particularly regarding work to enhance the integrity of immigration programs.

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) has been a significant and longtime partner of Citizenship and Immigration Canada in its efforts to develop new measures to strengthen Canada’s International Student Program.

ACCC supports measures that not only attract, but also protect, international students enrolled in public college and institute programs at campuses in one thousand Canadian communities.

Our Association’s collaboration with government through the Student Partners Program is already helping more international students gain advanced skills in Canada. It is also reinforcing the reputation of Canada and its colleges as destinations of choice for international students to acquire advanced skills.

For example, ACCC’s partnership with Immigration Canada in India has enhanced federal understanding of the region’s education challenges and has resulted in at least 13-thousand students being accepted into Canada’s public colleges and institutes, from India alone, this year. That is up from roughly 1500 Indian students four years ago.

ACCC is already looking for ways to create new opportunities for international students and will seek to replicate our Indian success story in China and other countries in the coming years.

James Knight
President & Chief Executive Officer
Association of Canadian Community Colleges