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 2017, CAMET will complete the update to and expansion of its 2010 report,The Economic Impact of Post-Secondary International Students in Atlantic Canada: An Expenditure Analysis, a study that highlighted international students as a major source of potential immigrants for Atlantic Canada and confirmed their significant contributions to the region’s economy.

The Atlantic provinces are continuing their efforts to increase international student recruitment and to help international students become permanent residents after graduation. Since 2010, post-secondary international student enrolment in Atlantic Canada has increased by approximately 4,000 students—international students make up a growing percentage of the student population at most universities.

The study will determine whether and to what extent the economic impact of international students on the Atlantic region and the individual provinces has changed over the past five years. The report will also highlight key factors pertaining to their retention as students and as new graduates, such as particular supports or initiatives that help make international students at both secondary and post-secondary education levels feel welcome at their institutions and in their communities and want to stay in the region.


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.