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Toronto welcomes international students

The International Students Airport Welcome Program is a City of Toronto initiative. In partnership with 25 post-secondary institutions, it features information booths at the international arrivals areas of terminals one and three to greet and assist international students as they arrive from 123 countries.

The booths operate daily from 7 am to 11 pm until September 8 and are sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; CIBC; Rogers Communications; the Greater Toronto Airports Authority; and Tim Hortons.

“This City program offers a warm and helpful welcome for students who greatly contribute to the economic well-being of our city,” said Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. “These students have chosen Toronto because our great city offers a globally competitive education as well as a safe, diverse and exciting place to live and study.”

 Last year, more than 3,300 students from 123 countries were greeted at the airport and were given helpful information about the city in addition to receiving program sponsor gifts.
Toronto is Canada’s largest centre for international students with more than 30,000 students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in the city. In 2012, international students brought almost $1.2 billion into Toronto’s economy and helped generate more than 9,000 jobs. The Toronto region also received approximately 15,000 more tourists in 2012 from families and friends visiting the students.

“International education brings significant economic and cultural opportunities to our city,” said Councillor Michael Thompson, Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee. 

The City of Toronto will produce an International Students Festival at David Pecaut Square on September 28 from 1 to 5 pm. The festival is open to all international students, their families and friends.

Posted: Sep 5, 2013

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