International students are going to be vital to Canada's economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, reveals a white paper released by a post-secondary education organization.

"Colleges and institutes are ideally placed to support Canadians and help their communities recover in the months ahead," says Denise Amyot, president and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

"Through their deep commitment to respond to the evolving innovation and skills development needs of local stakeholders and employers, they are poised to support a strong and sustainable economic recovery," she says.

As Canada rebuilds its economy in a post-pandemic world, international students in particular will play a crucial role because of the skills and education they acquire and their tendency to seek out permanent resident status and work here upon graduation, states the report.

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