Global Skills Opportunity — The government of Canada’s outbound student mobility program

Who benefits when Canadian students gain global skills? We all do.

When young Canadians work and study abroad they bring back new experiences, skills, connections and knowledge which give their career a boost, and enrich Canada’s economic prosperity.

About Global Skills Opportunity

An integral component of the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy Global Skills Opportunity will provide thousands of postsecondary students with invaluable international study and work experiences, strengthening their global skills and competencies. Global Skills Opportunity is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, and jointly administered by Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

This program is designed to encourage low-income students, students with disabilities and Indigenous students to participate in study and work abroad programming. It is also an important step towards achieving Canada’s trade diversification goals and strengthening international networks.

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Innovation projects

Due to COVID-19, the first phase of the program focused on innovation to help institutions test new tools and approaches, adapt mobility programming to COVID-19, and build the foundation for the launch of the full program.

Please find a list of funded Outbound Mobility Innovation Projects from 2021-2022.

For more information

Please contact for all questions about the program.

Additional resources

Canada’s 2019-2024 International Education Strategy

Advisory group

Universities Canada and CICan are working closely with multiple stakeholders to design and implement Global Skills Opportunity. We have convened an advisory group of leaders and experts in education, civil society and business to provide high-level strategic advice and guidance on the design and implementation of the program. In addition to informing strategic and policy issues, committee members also serve as ambassadors to build awareness and support for the program across their networks.

Advisory group members

The Right Honourable David Johnston, chair, Rideau Hall Foundation (chair) 

John Baker, president & CEO, D2L

Perrin Beatty, president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce

Larissa Bezo, president and CEO, Canadian Bureau for International Education

Margaret Biggs, Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, Queen’s University

Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Seren Friskie, student representative, Thompson Rivers University and Douglas College; research assistant, Canadian Mental Health Association

Zabeen Hirji, executive advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte

Elizabeth Kwan, Senior Researcher, Canadian Labour Congress

Louisane LeBlanc, Student Representative, Doctoral Candidate and Lecturer, Department of Linguistics and Translation, Université de Montréal

Sue Paish, CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Christian Paradis, Christian Paradis, Former Minister of Industry and International Development

Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods 

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program.

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