Help International Student in Canada Through Pandemic

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International student deserves help from the Canadian Government!

As the pandemic goes on, everyone is suffered financially everywhere, especially international students. International students have been contributing to Canada’s economy in many ways, from the beginning to the end of our studies – sometimes even after our graduation.

We are aware that Canadian government has launched CERB plan to financially support people who lose their jobs due to COVID-19. However, there are international students who are not eligible to work during their studies, and this category of students also contribute to Canada’s economy. They are also experiencing loss of income back in their home country, while being not able to work to sustain their studies.


1.      Education:

The amount is varied for different cases. This number is based on college tuition fee. For university international student would be paying an average of $25,000 to $40,000 per year of study. In average, domestic tuition fee is about $4,000 per year, while international tuition fee is about $16,000 per year. Therefore, one international student pays more than 4 times a domestic student, in terms of tuition fee.

Educational institutions will use these money to invest and build new infrastructures for students, as well as upgrading facilities, which will ultimately benefits domestic students. Also, these facilities will then be used by later generations of students.

According to Statistic Canada, there are more than 721,000 international students in Canada in 2017-2018. With the increasing number of students came to study in Canada every year, it is expected that many more international students will be coming to Canada for the 2019-2020 period. With that number it makes the contribution minimum of $8,652,000,000 to Canada economy in 2018.

Total different: $8,652,000,000 (assumed this is tuition fee for college, the number will vary for university and high school students)

With the plan of $2,000/month for 1 student, the fund needed for this will be $1,442,000,000/month. Students are eligible for CERB will not be eligible for receiving this plan.

2.      Taxation:

Students who work part-time or full-time are contributing to Canada’s economy through paying taxes when buying goods and services, as well as paying income tax when they work in Canada.

3.      Goods and service consumption:

Students spend in average of $1,000 per month for living cost, which helps homeowners to have extra income. Students spend in average of $500 per month for food and other essential services, which helps increase in commercial exchange.

4.      Immigration:

Students who wants to immigrate to Canada after graduation, will further contribute to Canada’s economy.

Immigration of international students will bring ideas and knowledge to Canada. These immigrants will later open new business and hire Canadians, creating jobs for Canada. These businesses will be the future of Canada, and can have an enormous impact on Canada’s economy long-term.

5.      Work force:

International students greatly contribute to Canada’s workforce. There are jobs that international students are specialized and skilled in, such as nails, restaurants that are specialized in ethnic foods, and many more. These businesses will create more jobs, as well as enriching Canada’s cultural aspect.

Education is Canada’s one of top exports. In 2018, international student spent around $21.6 billion on tuition fee, accommodation and other expenses. This resulted in $21.6 billion contribution to Canada’s GDP and supported almost 170,000 jobs for Canada’s middle class (TradeCommissioner, 2018). Contributed in tax revenue was about $2.8 billion in 2016 with half of the student number in 2018.


We, international students believe that we deserve help from the government in this state of the pandemic. In the matter of fact, we are also struggling with living costs, such as food and rent, while we are still remaining in Canada for our education and many other factors as all the businesses shut down everywhere in the world. We believe that a nice gesture will bring more international students from the world to Canada afterward. We hope that help is on the way to us!



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