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EduCanada Fair Hong Kong 2019 – Fact Sheet

EduCanada Fair Hong Kong 2019 Highlights

  • Representatives from 26 Canadian universities, colleges and public and private secondary schools will be present.
  • Over 20 public information seminars will be held concurrently during the two-day fair. A number of university, college, and K-12 school representatives will introduce their institutions and admission requirements. Some will offer information on various pathway programs available to students who would like to prepare for university.
  • Representatives from the Consulate General of Canada will be present to provide information on studying in Canada and applying for a study permit.
  • Several top-ranked Canadian universities, colleges and K-12 schools are participating.
  • Diverse programs1 suitable for different levels of students.
  • Affordable education and living expenses – average tuition fees for international post-secondary schools is only CAD$21,000 (~HKD$126,000) per year which is affordable to many middle-class families in Hong Kong.

Canada Education Excellence

  • Canada ranks first as the best destination for high school/secondary schools.2
  • Canada offers the best career prospects, ranking first of 16 countries for alumni employment.3
  • Canada devotes a higher share of public expenditure, and spends more on education as a percentage of GDP than on average across OECD countries.4
  • Canada is a world leader in postsecondary research, outpacing most G7 countries on overall investment in R&D.
  • Canada has one of the most educated populations among OECD member countries.

Best Quality of Life

  • Canada ranks first for Best Quality of Life.5
  • Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver were ranked in the top 20 for best student cities.6
  • Canada ranked as the 2nd most welcoming and the 2nd safest country for international students.7

Key statistics

  • In 2018, Canada hosted 572,415 international students – an 18% increase over the same period in 2017.
  • International students represent 12.0% of tertiary students in Canada, while the share is 8.7% within OECD countries.
  • There were 4,045 Hong Kong students in Canada in 2018 – a 1.3% increase from 2017. It is believed this figure was underestimated given that a large number of Hong Kong students are Canadian passport holders and are therefore not accounted for in this statistic.

Favourable Policy for International Students Working and Staying in Canada

  • Canada allows international students to work during and after their studies in Canada.
  • Eligible students can work up to three years in Canada after graduation under the Post-Graduate Work Program.
  • With valid work experience, graduates of eligible post-secondary institutions can apply for permanent residency through Express Entry and Nominee programs of certain provincial governments.


Footnote 1

Program ranging from secondary, undergraduate, University Transfer programs, one-year intensive pre-University programs, to Applied Degree and Master Degree programs catering to secondary students of different levels and tertiary students looking for post-graduate degree studies.

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Footnote 2

2018 Installment of ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer, a Survey of over 1,300 education agents in 101 countries.

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Footnote 3

HSBC report on the cost of international university education (September 2015)

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OECD At a glance 2017

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Footnote 5

U.S. News & World Report 2018

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Footnote 6

QS Best Student Cities 2018

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Footnote 7

ICEF Monitor 2017 - Safest & Most Welcoming Countries

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