Canadore offering a \'warm welcome\' to Canada International students to receive Destination Ontario
Canadore College is joining nearly 20 other schools across Ontario in welcoming incoming international students at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport over the coming weeks.
Beginning Monday, representatives from Destination Ontario will greet international students as they exit Customs and Immigration at Pearson as part of a collaboration with post-secondary institutions in the province.
The temporary Destination Ontario kiosks will be staffed at Terminals 1 and 3, between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. every day of the week, until Sept. 8, and again between late-December and mid-January to welcome new international students starting classes in the winter semester.
The participating schools include Canadore, Boreal, Cambrian, Centennial, Conestoga, Fleming, Humber, Lambton, Loyalist, Mohawk, Niagara, Northern, St. Lawrence, Seneca and Sheridan colleges, as well as Laurentian, McMaster, Ryerson, and Wilfred Laurier universities.
The cities of Hamilton, Kingston, Mississauga, St. Catharines, Sudbury and Toronto also will participate.
“By providing a warm welcome and guidance to new students arriving in Canada for the first time, the Destination Ontario partnership aims to attract and retain more international students in the province, and enhance the profile of Ontario’s cities as highly desirable international learning destinations in Canada,” a statement from Canadore College said.
Canadore marketing co-ordinator Carrie Richmond said the college may have some staff visiting the booth at specific times, but will not be stationed there.
Rather, it will be manned by three Destination Ontario staff, with some volunteer student ambassadors available during peak arrival times.
The college, meanwhile, will share a kiosk with the other academic institutions to provide a “one-stop welcome booth” at the airport, Richmond said.
The students arriving at Pearson will be greeted with a welcome package, offered assistance with transportation and accommodation, and provided free calls home.
The statement from Canadore College said half a million international students will come to Canada to study this fall.
The Destination Ontario program replaces a similar initiative provided by the City of Toronto that ended in 2016.
All partners in the current program help contribute toward its $250,000 annual budget..