Outbound Student Mobility Program

The Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy includes a five-year outbound student mobility pilot program that will provide funding for thousands of college and university undergraduate students to gain in-demand international skills and experience during their studies. 

Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, the Outbound Student Mobility Program is jointly administered by Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). In addition to giving students international learning experiences, this program is also an important step towards achieving Canada’s trade diversification goals and strengthening international networks. 

COVID-19 update: Ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty and staff is Universities Canada’s top priority. Due to the restrictions and uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the launch of the Outbound Student Mobility Program—originally scheduled for Spring 2020—has been delayed. Universities Canada and CICan are working closely with ESDC to navigate a pathway forward and ensure we are ready to support students to gain valuable international experience once it is safe to do so. More details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Advisory group

Universities Canada and CICan are working closely with multiple stakeholders to design the Outbound Student Mobility Program, and 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. 

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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

Zahra Dhubow, recent graduate, Saint Mary’s University; coordinator, Stronger Together: Empowering Marginalized Youth, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

Max FineDay, executive director, Canadian Roots Exchange

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

Zabeen Hirji, executive advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte

Sue Paish, CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Christian Paradis, senior vice president, strategic development, security service, GardaWorld

Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods 

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

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For more information:

Brenna Baggs
Communications manager

Universities Canada