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Local partners introduce international students to Simcoe County


Midhurst/October 21, 2016 – The County of Simcoe, in collaboration with City of Barrie, City of Orillia, Georgian College and Lakehead University (Orillia Campus), is hosting the region's first ever International Students' Celebration on October 24, 2016.

More than 500 international students currently enrolled at Georgian College or Lakehead University (Orillia Campus) will tour various attractions throughout the region. The day will culminate with a symposium at Georgian College featuring local exhibitors and workshops designed to showcase the region and encourage future residency in Simcoe County.

The International Students' Celebration is supported by funding provided by the Government of Ontario, with funds and activities managed locally by the County of Simcoe. Building on this initiative, the County of Simcoe will continue to increase its role in attracting international students to study in Simcoe County.  Visit for more information.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at


"Newcomers not only enrich the diversity of their communities, they also bring new skills and ideas that help grow local economies.  By helping newcomers better integrate into the social and economic fabric of the community, the County of Simcoe is positioning itself for continued prosperity."

- Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

"We are a diverse and growing region with more 50,000 foreign born residents speaking 107 different languages. As we look to the future, immigration and attraction of skilled, educated newcomers will play an important role in our continued social and economic success. Thanks to all our international students for choosing Simcoe County for your education and kudos to our staff in Children and Community Services and our area partners for helping us promote our region to future residents."
- County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall


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Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Communications Co-ordinator
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)