Opinion

Editorial: Where's the plan to train Canadians?

A plurality of cultures is often viewed as one of Canada’s trademarks, and most Canadians agree this makes us richer.

With that in mind, the federal government’s plan to entice foreign students, who pay higher tuition fees, into Canadian universities, is a win-win proposition: higher diversity and more money for Canadian universities.

According to a 2012 study commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, around 450,000 foreign students injected about $8 billion into the Canadian economy in tuition fees and other spending in 2010 and this money generated about 86,500 jobs.

The federal government wants to double the number of foreign students by 2022 and anticipates this will double the number of jobs available to Canadians.

This must bring a sigh of relief to the whopping 14 per cent of Canadians aged 15 to 24 who are unable to find a job.

No better way to get them back to work than by convincing their well-heeled peers from other countries to pursue their post-secondary education in Canada.

That is job creation genius.  Fifteen to 24-year olds across Canada must be ecstatic.

The federal government also boasted the plan would give them access to a larger pool of bright minds.

Apparently the government expects a shortfall of well-trained Canadians over the next several years.

If only there was a plan to train Canadians.

 

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