As Chinese international students have brought approximately $5 billion in economic benefits to Canada a year, Canadian post-secondary colleges and universities hope that the incoming of Chinese international students to Canada will not be affected by the current Canada-China relations. The figures show that Chinese international students make up approximately one-third of the total number of international students in Canada. In preparation for “rainy days”, the colleges and universities are taking precautionary measures in opening up new student sources.
Association of Universities & Colleges of Canada President Paul Davidson said in an interview with Radio Canada International (RCI) that, as of now, there is no sign that the incoming of Chinese international students to Canada will be affected for the coming academic year. Davidson said that countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and some in Africa could be Canada’s future source countries for international students.