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October 13, 2011
Toronto celebrates international students at City Hall
More than 200 international students will receive an official welcome to Toronto from Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence), Deborah Newman (Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) and Chisanga Puta-Chekwe (Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration) as part of an International Student Welcome Program event at Toronto City Hall.

At this event, representatives from the program's participating universities, colleges and sponsors will be joined by representatives from the Embassies and High Commissions of selected countries for international students. Three international students will also be recognized and presented with awards for their roles in the categories of community service, entrepreneurship and high achievement.

Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m. (speeches from 5:40 to 6:10 p.m.)
Location: Toronto City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W.

The International Student Welcome Program, initiated by the City of Toronto, is sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Rogers Communications and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. Participating academic institutions include the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, OCAD University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, George Brown College, Humber College, Centennial College, Seneca College and Sheridan College.

This program acknowledges the economic impact of the more than 25,000 students (from more than 100 countries) on Toronto, Canada's largest centre for international students. In 2010, international students brought an estimated $846 million to the local economy, and were responsible for creating over 9,000 jobs.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Shane Gerard
Senior Communications Coordinator



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