A pioneering program that encourages internation
al students to immigrate to Canada has been expanded to cover three more provinces.
The Study and Stay program was launched two years ago in Nova Scotia by EduNova Cooperative Ltd., a consortium of public post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia. The program matched 50 international students with local mentors and offered the students workshops and training in Canadian workplace culture, networking and job-hunting practices.
More than 80 per cent of the students in the first cohort of the program are still in Nova Scotia one year after graduation, according to EduNova CEO Wendy Luther, and more than half of the students who graduated from Study and Stay in 2018 have already found jobs.
According to a brief published by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, coordinators for the program will be hired in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador this summer to set up the program this fall. Luther said she does not yet know how many students will be recruited into the program in each province.
The program is funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the four provincial governments.