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Program welcomes international students


The International Student Airport Welcome Program is a partnership between the City of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, academic institutions and the Ontario Ministry of Training, colleges and universities, to enhance the positive experiences of international students who are arriving to Canada to study and live. 

To kick off this annual initiative from August 15 to September 8, the City hosted its Airport Welcome Program for all International students newly arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport, greeting and providing them with all the information and support they need on arrival.

The City celebrated those International Students and recognized their contributions at the 3rd annual Toronto International Students Festival. With over 111,000 international students (66,247 in Toronto alone), Ontario has emerged as the largest province for foreign students in Canada. 

Last year’s 2nd Toronto International Students Festival had over 2,200 people attend at David Pecaut Square. This year, over 3,000 international students, their families and friends, civic leaders, senior government and corporate officials and staff of the partner universities and colleges and representatives of some top countries, attended the Festival.

The Festival featured speeches, cultural performances, award presentations, arts display, agency display booths and prizes. Students from Canada and other countries, universities and colleges found networking and integration opportunities among themselves and with business and community groups, employers, government and foreign government representatives. Seven students received Toronto Excellence Awards in the categories of community services, entrepreneurship, academic excellence, professional achievement, sports, arts and culture, and student services.

The purpose of this event is: 
• To celebrate international students and their achievements.
• To directly listen to the views of civic, academic and student leaders.
• To make international students feel welcome, supported and  appreciated in Toronto.
• To expose students to diverse cultural and entertainment activities. 
• To promote Ontario as a global educational destination. 

Posted: Sep 30, 2014

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