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Welcoming International Students

Ontario is home to over 100,000 international students, and it's no surprise that most of them are in Toronto. In fact, 25% of Canada's entire international student population is in Toronto. In an effort to welcome these students and to ensure that their experience living in Ontario is positive and memorable, the City of Toronto runs two programs:

  • International Students Airport Welcome Program
         August 20th to September 15th 
  • At-Home-In-Toronto Initiative

Airport Welcome Program

The City of Toronto and Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) have partnered with various post-secondary institutions across Ontario as well as the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, to greet new incoming international students, and provide them assistance and information as required at two welcome booths at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The welcome booths are open from August 20th to September 15th,  and are located in the international arrivals areas of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Volunteers are at the booths from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. to provide support, guidance, and informational services to incoming international students. Students who visit one of the booths will receive:

  • A welcome package
  • Information on how to get to their campus destinations
  • FREE call home provided by Chatr

In 2014, more than 4,000 students from 115 countries visited the welcome booths, and this year the City of Toronto's staff and volunteers will be there again to welcome new international students to Canada.


At-Home-In-Toronto Initiative

A relatively new program by the City of Toronto, this initiative aims to connect international as well as domestic students to signature Toronto area attractions and local communities. Engagement with these diverse communities and signature attractions offers students the chance to explore and experience Toronto first-hand, especially if they aren't living in the Toronto region.


Jagdish Yadav

Senior Advisor, Education Services Sector