The many faces of education in Canada

CCBC’s event will gather institutions from several parts of the country to divulge opportunities open to Brazilian students 

By Sérgio Siscaro

O Canadá oferece uma das estruturas educacionais mais respeitadas do mundo, e essa reputação atrai, há anos, estudantes de diversos países – como o Brasil. O fato de dispor de instituições de qualidade, em todos os níveis de educação, aliado à abertura para a diversidade de culturas e o fato de apresentar uma relação bastCanada offers one of the most respected educational structures in the world, and this reputation has for years attracted students from many countries – including Brazil. The fact that it has quality institutions at all levels of education, combined with openness to cultural diversity and a close relationship between academia and the market, means that studying in Canada is still a very important goal for those who want to broaden their horizons, pursue excellence in their field of activity and quickly enter the job market.

A importância do tema, aliado à recente flexibilização das regras sanitárias canadenses, em razão da redução dos casos da pandemia Covid-19, fez com que a The importance of the topic, together with the recent relaxation of Canadian health rules, due to the reduction of cases of the Covid-19 pandemic, led the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CCBC) to choose to highlight the opportunities open to Brazilian students in the Canadian education structure. The subject will be widely discussed during this year’s edition of the Canada Day Festival, to be held from June 28 to 30, and which will gather representatives of institutions located in different regions of the country.

It will be an authentic immersion in Canada’s educational universe, where both the qualities of the Canadian system and the job opportunities offered by the country will be highlighted. In addition, the event will feature presentations addressing both the organization of the financial life of students who decide to study in Canada and the flight options to different parts of the country.

Diversified options

The provision of quality education in Canada is not concentrated in a single point on the territory of the country, but spreads over several regions. On the east coast, the potential student has the institutions of Québec at his or her disposal. Marked by French colonization, in recent years the region has become a global hub for the development of innovative technological solutions – such as artificial intelligence (AI); its main city is Montreal. Some examples of colleges and universities include the University of Montreal and the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

The province of Ontario, whose economy revolves mainly around the industrial and financial sectors, and whose main cities are Ottawa, Toronto, and Hamilton, brings together institutions such as Niagara College, Sault College, and Trent University.

The central region of the country is more focused on activities related to agribusiness. In the province of Manitoba, one quality education option is the Red River College Polytech, located in the city of Winnipeg. The west coast, whose economic profile is more focused on sectors such as infrastructure and transportation, also offers quality options for international students in cities such as Edmonton; examples are NorQuest College, in the city of Edmonton (Alberta); and the University Canada West, located in Vancouver (British Columbia).

All of these regions are close to the border with the United States – which allows for less harsh climates than those in northern Canada – thus contributing to the adaptation of students from other countries. Another advantage is the predominance of the English language, which works as a facilitating factor for students.

What is Canada Day?

July 1st is celebrated in Canada as the date of its foundation; it was when, in 1867, the act that brought together the different provinces of the country was signed. For this reason, CCBC has always marked the occasion with a special program of events, aimed at strengthening the ties between the two countries, in its Canada Day Festival.

Even during the most acute period of the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020 and 2021, the Chamber continued to promote the festival, even in a virtual way. Last year, more than 3 thousand people participated in the 11 virtual debate sessions; there were also 13 thousand visitors to the event’s website, which provided content covering topics such as culture, leisure, gastronomy, sports, and education, among others.

For this year’s edition, more information and registration click here.