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Oct 26, 2023

Canada toughens approach to international student exploitation

The Trudeau administration is showing growing impatience with problems related to Canada’s rapidly expanding intake of international students, warning campus and local leaders that the federal government will take a tougher line on fraud and exploitation if they do not.

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Jun 14, 2022

Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial governments education recovery plans

Each provincial and territorial government is moving forward with varying education recovery plans for the upcoming year.

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May 11, 2021

Egypt’s Higher Education Minister calls on Egyptian scholars in US and Canada to support the country

Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research aims to encourage Egyptian scholars who have studied abroad to support the future of Egypt, he said, stressing that these scholars are keen to contribute to the achievements of their homeland.

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Feb 23, 2021

Postponed exams spark concerns over pharmacist shortage

Hundreds of pharmacy graduates are forced to delay their entry into the workforce after their licensing exam, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), was suddenly postponed for a second time this year. Students are blaming administrators for failing to plan during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dec 1, 2020

Canada relaxes online study rules for post-graduate work permit

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a further relaxation of online study rules pertaining to post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility.

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Nov 1, 2020

International students can enter Canada from Oct. 20 onwards

International students can enter Canada from Oct. 20 onwards if their designated learning institution (DLI) has a government-approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place. This comes after IRCC approved 56,000 study permits after the relaxing of online study rules.

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Sep 18, 2020

Canadian Medical Students Demand Change After ‘Inhumane’ Exam Conditions

Graduating medical school students are required to take part one of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam (MCCQE) at some point during their first year of residency. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students will now have to take the exam online which has resulted in several difficulties.

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Sep 4, 2020

School Reopening Plans, Province By Province

As schools resume across Canada in September, changes are being implemented province by province to protect students and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister announced $2 billion in support for provinces and territories to ensure the safety of students and staff members throughout the school year.

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Sep 4, 2020

COVID-19 and changes to postgraduate medical education in Canada

Postgraduate medical education in Canada drastically changed due to COVID-19. This article identifies key issues that medical schools and residents face in this new paradigm of medical education.

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Canada: Prince Edward Island


Located in North America, Canada is comprised of ten provinces and three territories. It is the world's second largest country in geographic size, yet its population is over 32,805,000 - slightly less than that of California. In terms of its natural resources, Canada is the world's second richest country on a per-capita basis, behind Australia.

Most of the population lives in the southern part of the country, and over 75 percent live in metropolitan areas. Among the largest cities are: Toronto, Ontario; Montréal, Québec; Vancouver, British Columbia; Ottawa, Ontario; Hull, Québec; and Edmonton, Alberta.

Canada's indigenous population is referred to as the Indians or First Nations. In fact, Canada is an Iroquis word for "community." French and English are the country's official languages, reflecting the Canada's early colonial history. Since the second half of the 18th century when the British ousted France from Canada, the country's main political and ethnic ties have been with the United Kingdom. Increased immigration from Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries boosted Canada's ethnic diversity, and since the 1970s, most immigrants have come from Asia.

Canada gained full independence in 1931, although it still is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations. It is both a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. Canada's official head of state is Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, although its citizens directly elect legislatures at the federal, provincial and territorial levels.

Manufacturing and resource-related industries are the foundation of Canada's economy. Transportation equipment is the leading manufacturing industry. However, most Canadians work in service occupations.

Prince Edward Island is a Canadian province that is small in size, with a population of 140,000. The capital is Charlottetown. The largest economic sectors are manufacturing, agriculture, fishing and forestry. The island gained semi-independence from Great Britain in 1851, and in 1997 the Confederation Bridge opened for traffic to the Island.


Canada's educational system, along with the language of instruction - English or French - varies according to each province. There is no centralized education ministry. Instead, provincial governments administer education, although church-run schools exist throughout the provinces. In the Prince Edward Island, the primary language of instruction is English. The academic year is from September to June. The Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture oversees secondary education while the Post-Secondary and Continuing Education department oversees the country's higher education.

Primary and Secondary Education

Elementary Education is six years in length, encompassing grades 1-6, for those between the ages of 6 and 12.

Lower Secondary (Junior Secondary) Education is three years in length, consisting of grades 7-9, for those between the ages of 12 and 15. Higher Secondary Education is three years in length, encompassing grades 10-12, for those between the ages of 16 and 18. A High School Graduation Diploma is awarded at the successful conclusion of Grade 12.

Post-Secondary Education

Higher Education is provided by the following institutions: the University of Prince Edward Island; Holland College, a community college with 11 training centers, and a number of private vocational training schools (career colleges); Maritime Christian College; and Prince Edward Island School of Nursing. The University of Prince Edward Island offers four-year Bachelor's degrees plus short courses of up to one year, and Master's degrees. The only doctoral-level degree of any type in Prince Edward Island is the Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine offered at the University of Prince Edward Island. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master's of Veterinary Medicine is also offered by the university.

Programs in French are offered by the Université Sainte-Anne (located in Nova Scotia) through its Prince Edward Island campus, Université Sainte-Anne de Wellington, by means of distance learning.

Teacher Training

Pre-primary training is completed through a licensing system, often taught as a two-year program in community colleges. Elementary and Secondary school teachers are required to have a teacher Certificate 4, requiring the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Education which is not currently offered in the Province. The University of Prince Edward Island does offer a two-year post-degree Bachelor of Education consisting of 20 courses in education generally worth three semester hours each, which also earns the holder a Certificate 5. Those with a Master of Education and further additional academic and professional training may receive the Certificate 5A and 6.

Accreditation and administration of education is the responsibility of the Department of Education.



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