Retaining International Students Post-Graduation

A new program launched by the provincial government Tuesday aims to retain international students after graduation.

The Study and Succeed in New Brunswick program will offer international students access to the resources, support and connections to launch careers and lead fulfilling lives.

Arlene Dunn, the minister responsible for Opportunities New Brunswick, said growing the population is essential to addressing the workforce needs of the future.

“Access to skilled talent is crucial for New Brunswick companies of every size,” she said.

“Not only are international students a critical component of our talent pipeline, they also contribute immensely to making our province more diverse and inclusive.”

A release says the three-year initiative is funded by Opportunities NB and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency through its Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program.

Each agency will invest about $500,000.

The province says it expects 900 international students will have participated by the end of the Study and Succeed in New Brunswick program.

Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin said the federal government is proud to support projects that allow international students to stay in New Brunswick.

“By creating the right networks and opportunities, we are fostering inclusion and strengthening our vibrant, diverse communities,” she said.

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