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Launch of Languages Canada’s International Experience Canada Program

Languages Canada is pleased to announce that it has become the newest Recognized Organization (RO) in IRCC’s International Experience Canada (IEC) program, together with a consortium of eight accredited language school members: APTAL Languages, Centre of English Studies, Global Village, International House, ILSC Education Group, Oxford International Education Group, Upper Madison College, and VGC International College.

Languages Canada Hosts Korean and Taiwanese Education Agents in Victoria and Vancouver

As the world’s 6th and 14th largest ELT markets and ranking among the top 5 fastest-growing markets for Canada’s language education sector in 2023, South Korea and Taiwan made for an outstanding choice as the focus of Languages Canada’s first inbound trade mission and FAM tour of 2024, which brought a delegation composed of over 30 Korean and Taiwanese agencies to Victoria and Vancouver for a full week of activities.

Highlights from the Languages Canada 17th Annual Conference

Nearly 300 participants attended the Languages Canada 17th Annual Conference in Vancouver, February 28 to March 2, 2024, making it our first ever sold-out gathering of language education leaders, experts, stakeholders, and influencers from across the country and around the world.

Language students are welcome in Canada and should submit their visitor visa applications now to benefit from faster processing by the Government of Canada

International students can study English or French in Canada for less than 6 months on a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). From now until at least the end of March, while the government of Canada isn’t processing study permit applications (or very few), more resources are available to process other visa applications, meaning that short-term language students applying for TRVs and eTAs will benefit from faster processing.

Visa Requirement for Mexico Expected to Be Reinstated; LC Recommends Prospective Mexican Students Apply for eTA Now

Recent news reports suggest that the Government of Canada is considering reinstating its visa requirement on Mexico, as a response to the growing number of asylum claims from Mexican nationals and mounting pressure from the U.S. Languages Canada believes the move is inevitable and expects an official announcement in the coming weeks.

International Language Students Are Welcome in Canada!

Did you know? A study permit is NOT required to attend short-term English or French language programs in Canada.

Languages Canada Announces Chia Suan Chong as Opening Speaker for 17th Annual Conference Academic Leadership and Program Innovation Stream

We are excited to announce that renowned author Chia Suan Chong will open the Academic Leadership and Program Innovation stream with her presentation, Helping Students Become Successful International Communicators, sponsored by National Geographic Learning.

Languages Canada and CAPS-I Host Successful Inbound Trade Mission and FAM Tour with Italian and Spanish Education Agents

Languages Canada teamed up with the Canadian Association of Public Schools – International (CAPS-I), the Italian Association of Language Consultants and Agents (IALCA) and the Spanish Association of Promoters of Language Courses Abroad (ASEPROCE) to welcome a group of 36 Italian and Spanish education agents to Banff this December, the largest such delegation ever to visit Canada.

Languages Canada Hosts Heads of Leading Private Language Schools Operating in Canada To Discuss Issues and Opportunities for the Sector

On September 1, 2023, Languages Canada held a Leaders' Meeting on the margins of Alphe UK in London at Canada House on Trafalgar Square. The group of 25 attendees was composed of directors and CEOs from schools which together welcome nearly 50% of all students attending Languages Canada members to study English or French in any given year!

Languages Canada Releases 2022 Annual Report on Language Education in Canada

Despite extraordinary efforts to position the sector for full recovery in 2022, Languages Canada members reached only 65% of pre-pandemic student numbers and 73% of student week volume.

Government of Canada Adds 13 Countries to Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Program

Eligible travellers from 13 more countries, including Thailand, Panama, Argentina and Costa Rica, now qualify for visa-free travel to Canada.

Languages Canada Announces 2024 Conference Dates

Save the date! Languages Canada announced this week that its 17th Annual Conference will take place February 28 through March 2, 2024 at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Languages Canada does not expect an adverse impact on student visa processing due to Canada’s public service strike

As you are aware, many of Canada’s federal public servants went on strike on April 19. Given current public opinion and the political and economic climate of the country, Languages Canada is confident that a resolution will be reached soon and that the labour dispute will not cause an adverse impact on international students. However, we are concerned that inaccurate communications from government are impeding the public's understanding of the actual situation. The reality is that port of entry services continue as usual and that most visa processing is also uninterrupted. We encourage students to continue choosing Canada to pursue their English or French language studies.

Canada’s Federal Public Service Strike: How Languages Canada Is Working to Mitigate Impact on International Students

With news of today’s start (Wednesday, April 19, 2023) of a federal public service strike, many international students planning to study English or French in Canada this summer may be wondering if and how their study permit or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) applications will be impacted.

Increasing LC members' competitiveness in Asia through marketing diversification at APAIE 2023

Languages Canada’s Director of International Affairs attended the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) conference in Bangkok, March 11-17,2023.

Highlights from the Languages Canada 16th Annual Conference

With nearly 200 participants from across Canada and the world, over 30 professional development sessions and two full days of valuable networking opportunities, the Languages Canada 16th Annual Conference— February 22-25, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia—was, without a doubt, a resounding success.

Languages Canada Inbound Trade Mission and FAM Tour with Colombian Education Agents Strengthens Relationship Between Canadian Education Providers and Colombian Student Market

Colombia was the fastest-growing market for the Canadian language education sector in 2021, making it an outstanding choice as the focus of Languages Canada’s first inbound trade mission and FAM tour of 2023. Nearly forty Colombians composed the delegation of agencies invited to Montreal and Toronto for a full week of activities this past month.

The Hon. Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, to deliver keynote address at Languages Canada 16th Annual Conference

Languages Canada is thrilled to announce the Hon. Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, as opening keynote speaker for the Languages Canada 16th Annual Conference on Thursday, February 23, 2023, 10:00 a.m., at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax. Following the address, Languages Canada members will have the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with the Minister.

Announcing Lena Diab, MP, Halifax West, as special speaker for Conference Closing Reception

Languages Canada is pleased to announce the Hon. Lena Metlege Diab, KC, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, as special speaker for the Languages Canada 16th Annual Conference Closing Reception on Friday, February 24, 2023, 6:30 p.m., at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.

Canada’s visa backlog will soon be cleared

We are pleased to share some good news regarding Canada’s visa backlog situation.