International students should be aware that there are numerous scholarship opportunities and many scholarships are not awarded because there have been no or few applicants. Some scholarships come from government agencies, but others come from educational institutions, companies and private benefactors:
“The federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as other education stakeholders, provide a significant number of international scholarships and bursaries to deserving scholars and researchers. Scholarships in all disciplines and at all levels of education respond to international students' interests (as well as to the interests of Canadian students), promote the human capital of both developing and developed countries, and reflect Canada's international priorities and engagements. Scholarship recipients bring fresh ideas to Canada and learn of opportunities in Canadian industry and the job market.” (p. 12)
Conducting a thorough search of potential scholarships is encouraged. Schools, universities and colleges have staff members who may be able to provide assistance.
International students are usually not eligible for government loans, but may be eligible for scholarships: www.scholarships-bourses.gc.ca/scholarships-bourses/index.aspx?lang=eng