Monthly Archives: July 2015

Upscale Student Housing

Judging by the new townhouse development at the corner of Princess and Albert streets, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in downtown Toronto or Montreal, not the infamous Queen’s University student ghetto in Kingston.

But these three-storey, red-brick townhouses, with rooftop patios and built-in barbecues, were developed here by Varsity Properties for a reason: They’re the new face of student housing.

“Students these days are choosing to live in accommodations like they had back home, with nice bathrooms and a new kitchen with good appliances,” A. J. Keilty, president of Varsity Properties and member of the Queen’s class of 2002, says during a recent tour of a 30-unit development in the final stages of construction. “They don’t want a 100-year-old building in bad condition. Bad housing is no longer a badge of honour.”

Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Full bathrooms shared by only two people. WiFi. Washer and dryer. Twice monthly cleaning service for bathrooms, kitchens and other common areas. It’s how more and more students want to live now, and Mr. Keilty and his partners, all Queen’s class of 2002 grads, are happy to help them.

Formed in 2003 with three former roommates, Varsity Properties owns about $30-million worth of real estate in Kingston and houses about 400 tenants in its various properties. But with $70-million in its development pipeline, the company is expanding within Kingston and to Oshawa and Guelph, hoping to woo students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Guelph, respectively. It expects to have 1,200 beds in Ontario by the start of the 2014 school year.

Top Quality Education

Canada has one of the top-ranked education systems in the world.number-of-IS-in-Canada-by-year-e1421963606276

According to the Conference Board of Canada’s Education and Skills report card, an independent not-for-profit research organization, Canada’s education system currently ranks second only to Finland among 16 developed countries. The report card, which includes 20 indicators such as rate of high school and college completion, return on investment in tertiary education, and equity in learning outcomes, plainly states that Canada excels in delivering a high quality education when compared to our global competitors.

The Organization for Economic Development (OECD), in the report Education at a Glance 2013, similarly reports that Canada’s education system is one of the top in the world. More specifically, they report:

  • Canada has the highest proportion of 25 to 64 year olds with tertiary education among OECD countries and the highest proportion of college graduates (25%)
  • A higher percentage of Canadians (57% of 25 to 35 year olds) have tertiary education, which provides significant protection from unemployment
  • The amount Canada spends per primary student ($8,933 US), secondary ($9,774 US), and tertiary student ($22,475 US) is higher than averages for the OECD and European countries

Canadian educational institutions welcome international students.International-students-by-region-620x458

Many provide special services for international students, designed to assist them to integrate into the academic community and to help them throughout their stay. Most post-secondary institutions have a person to assist international students. He or she is the International or Overseas or Foreign Student Advisor, and works in the International Education Office or Department of Student Services. Most secondary schools which charge fees for international students offer the services of an International Student Advisor or similar counsellor. Students should make themselves known to the Advisor soon after arrival on campus and learn about orientation programs and other activities available through the Advisor`s office.

The figure at the top of the page shows the number of international students in Canada, and the significant growth of that number since 2001. Over the last eleven years, the number of international students in Canada has nearly doubled!

Many countries of the world are represented by international students in Canada. The map below shows where the more than 265,000 international students currently in Canada are from!

Canada’s brand, Education au/in Canada, is fast becoming well known around the world and represents the prominence and excellence of Canada’s education sector. Since its launch, the Imagine Education au/in Canada brand has become the window through which international students view Canada and the umbrella under which Canadian institutions recruit foreign students. However, the brand is more than just a recruitment tool. Thoseinstitutions authorized to use the brand consistently provide high quality education programs, deal with international students in accordance with recognized codes of practice, and are subject to quality-assurance mechanisms that monitor adherence to set standards. The brand, therefore, encompasses a pan-Canadian strategy on international education and a philosophy about standards of quality and service.

Top 5 Fastest Growing Jobs in North America

Health care and technology industries are booming in North America, but which specific jobs are expected to grow over the next decade?

There’s something for everyone, with jobs that don’t require any education beyond high school, several that require only an associate’s degree, as well as jobs for those with master’s and doctoral degrees.

5. Diagnostic medical sonographers

Percent growth: 46.0%

Jobs added through 2022: 27,000

Median salary: $65,860

Typical education needed: Associate’s degree


 4. Interpreters and translators

Percent growth: 46.1%

Jobs added through 2022: 29,300

Median salary: $45,430

Typical education needed: Bachelor’s degree


3. Home health aides

Percent growth: 48.5%

Jobs added through 2022: 424,200

Median salary: $20,820

Typical education needed: Less than high school


2. Personal care aides

Percent growth: 48.8%

Jobs added through 2022: 580,800

Median salary: $19,910

Typical education needed: Less than high school


1. Industrial-organizational psychologists

Percent growth: 53.4%

Jobs added through 2022: 2,500

Median salary: $83,580

Typical education needed: Master’s degree