Canadian language sector looks to recover


作者:The PIE News     来源:thepienews     阅读模式:只看译文

In 2020, the owners of GV Calgary made the “painful decision” to close the language school as the pandemic hammered international education. Now, the language sector is making a coming back – and so is GV Calgary. The Calgary school is owned by Global Village Victoria and will be opening for classes in September. “With the excellent team we have in both Victoria and Calgary, Global Village will again be offering a full range of classes, homestay and other supports to our global students and partners in our high-value Canadian cities,” said board chair John Taplin. Global Village is not the only company making a resurgence or expanding in Canada. Several firms are betting that the future is bright for the sector. Bayswater Education, which recently acquired ELS Vancouver, will be opening in Vancouver in September, adding to its schools in Calgary and Toronto. CES Centre of English Studies will be setting up a Vancouver campus next month as well. It already has a location in Toronto. International Gateway – based in Kelowna, British Columbia – has opened a new school in Calgary and is planning a location in Toronto. Gonzalo Peralta, executive director of the industry association Languages Canada, says Canada is already a top destination and is gaining market share. He told The PIE News that the pandemic was incredibly challenging, with in-person classes being cancelled and the Canadian border being closed to international language students. “Fortunately, many programs received government financial support and we were successful in lobbying for the easing of border restrictions by fall 2021,” he said. “This gave our members the best possible conditions we could hope for in an incredibly difficult context and they distinguished themselves through resilience and ingenuity.” “We’re focusing on some of the remaining government challenges now” Nevertheless, the language sector faces several challenges in the coming months and years. However, as identified in Languages Canada’s recent report, the Canadian government has a huge backlog of visa applications, which has been a concern for the country’s language sector. Languages Canada also fears that restrictions on language students’ ability to work – as program do not lead to a degree or a diploma – deter potential students from choosing Canada. Accommodation shortages across the country, in addition to major Canadian airports struggling to operate efficiently, are other causes for concern. “We’re focusing on some of the remaining government challenges now – namely visa backlogs and access to work – to make sure the sector can continue not just on the path to recovery, but on to growth in 2022 and beyond,” Peralta added.

2020 年,由于新冠肺炎疫情对国际教育的冲击,地球村卡尔加里的老板“忍痛决定”关闭语言学校的。 现在,语言行业正在回温——地球村卡尔加里学校也是如此。
下个月,CES英语研究中心也将建立温哥华校区。 此前已经在多伦多设有校区。
“幸运的是,许多项目得到了政府的财政支持,我们成功争取到2021年秋季放松边境管控,”他说。 “这为我们的员工提供了在极其困难的环境中所希望的最佳条件,他们通过坚持不懈和独创性脱颖而出。”