Make up your mind Canada

The Canadian puzzle

Do we or don’t we want foreign talent to move to Canada?

So many mixed signals.

The federal government seems to want to:

  • In 2007, The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain the world’s top-tier doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities.
  • In July 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the $45-million Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for 70 foreign students worth $70,000 a year for two years. This new program is again designed to attract and retain in Canada the best researchers in the world.
  • In 2009, the federal government helped the MITACS network launch Globalink, a program designed to recruit the highest-ranking graduates from India’s top technical schools.

Then this?

Provincial governments seem to want to:

  • Mr. McGuinty’s government is to increase by 50 per cent the number of foreigners studying in Ontario.
  • He has just announced 75 four-year scholarships to be handed out each year to foreign graduate students.

Now it looks like he has touched off a cultural war!

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One Response to Make up your mind Canada

  1. Rabab Ward says:

    This is a great idea from Ontario. To attract top Ph.D students to Ontario will only benefit Canada on the term.

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