Other Post-Secondary Education Initiatives

Since 2014, CAMET has operated as a lead regional Council in education with oversight responsibility for the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC).

Ministers are committed to sustainable and accountable high-quality post- secondary education systems in each province and continue to promote greater collaboration within the Atlantic region through dialogue with all stakeholders, provincially and regionally.


In February 2018, CAMET released a major study on the economic impact of international students attending Atlantic universities and community colleges. The study, The Economic Impact of Post-Secondary International Students in Atlantic Canada 2018, is an update and expansion of a similar study conducted in 2010 for CAMET.

The following are the major highlights emerging from the 2018 report:

  • $795 million in output sales;
  • $34,188 in average annual spending per international student in Atlantic Canada;
  • $495 million in gross domestic product;
  • $329 million worth of income (salaries and wages);
  • 6,731 fulltime job equivalents; 
  • $22 million in tax revenues for the Atlantic provinces and the federal government;
  • the program of study, the Canadian reputation, and the cost of education are the major reasons why international students were attracted to Atlantic Canada to study; and
  • 65% of international students hope to stay and work in Atlantic Canada upon graduation. 

The report also contains valuable information on students’ origins, field of study, attraction, retention, plans after graduation, work, and their overall student experiences. This type of information will assist and guide provincial governments, universities, and community colleges to design and implement support programs aimed at improving recruitment and retention of international students.


The Atlantic provinces are considering an Atlantic student tracking system that will allow Atlantic post-secondary institutions and organizations working in the post-secondary education sector to identify the pathways that students follow as they move through their post-secondary education/training. The use of unique tracking numbers would enable institutions and organizations, such as CAMET and the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), to more effectively track and report on student retention and graduation levels within Atlantic Canada.