International students in Canada face a range of questions and challenges such as financial stability, food security, mental health, medical concerns, access to basic services, legal status, and social inclusion and well-being. CIRCLE hosted a webinar titled Indian International Students in Canada: Migration Trajectories, Educational Experience and Economic Outcomes, in fall 2020.
Several community-based organizations are working to highlight these issues and to support international students. Here we present a few articles, reports, websites, and videos that offer insights from such work and provide resources. These have been made available by community-based organizations working with South Asian and immigrant communities in Southwestern Ontario. We hope to update this page as we gather more such information.
How skilled newcomers can stave off major career sacrifices when job-seeking
BIPOC Counselling at the University of Guelph:
Cultural Diversity Advisor at the University of Guelph:
Virtual Exchange: What are students signing up for?
Indus Community Services and Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS)
Indus and PCHS have recently released a report that analyzes the lived experiences of international students in the Peel Region of Ontario.
The September 2021 cover story for DESI News was "International Students: Canada's Advantage"
Soch Mental Health
Soch's Pardesi Project uses short films to address mental health challenges of South Asian international students.
Learn more about Soch's Pardesi Project
Soch's Apni Soch video series was created by the Sikh Channel to challenge perceptions and stigma around mental health. In each episode a health professional or community member talks about a mental health theme.
Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership
GWLIP has prepared two reports about international students in Guelph and Wellington who are seeking permanent residence:
Laadliyan's Udaari program supports female South Asian international students in the GTA with their settlement and academic journey by connecting them with support and resources related to sexual and mental health, settlement and immigration, legal education, food security, and professional development.
Learn more about Laadliyan's Udaari program and watch short informative videos
Laadliyan's International Student Emergency Fund helps female South Asian international students in the Peel region by providing groceries, hygiene products, clothing, transportation, rent relief, medical and legal support and more.
Learn more about Laadliyan's International Student Emergency Fund
Disclaimer: The Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) is not responsible for the content of external websites.