The international education sector is giving a major boost to Manitoba economy. The contribution of international education to Manitoba’s economy witnessed a 30 percent increase between 2015 and 2016, according to a report by the Manitoba Council for International Education. In 2016, the sector contributed $374 million to the economy of Manitoba.
The international student population of Man itoba constitutes 2.7 percent of the total international student population of Canada. During a span of eight years, the international student population of Manitoba grew from 4,873 in 2008 to 14,298 in 2016, meaning an increase of 300 percent.
The international students in Manitoba, who are 14,298 in number, spent around $375m in tuition, living expenses and tourism, meaning visiting friends and family, in 2016. International education also generates tax revenue for the government of Manitoba. In 2016, the Government of Manitoba received $69m in tax revenue from international education sector. In the same year, international education contributed $306,300,000 to Manitoba’s GDP. The amount has witnessed a six-fold increase compared to the year 2010.
The report suggests that by increasing the number of international students from 2.7% of the total in Canada to Manitoba’s proportionate share of 3.3%, the contribution to the economy from the sector can be increased to $458m, and tax revenues to $84m.
Manitoba has launched two fast-track immigration pathways for international graduates from the post-secondary institutions in the province. The International Student Entrepreneur Pathway and Graduate Internship Pathway under the International Education Stream of Manitoba give a golden opportunity to international students to settle in the province.
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