There are many reasons to study abroad in Canada. The most popular reason to study abroad in Canada is the wealth of opportunities that NAFTA can provide. The North American Free Trade Agreement (also called NAFTA) signed by the U.S., Canada and Mexico, creates more opportunities for those with international experience. According to the Consortium on North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC),
"Since NAFTA was signed in 1994, cross border economic activity and professional mobility have increased significantly in North America creating challenges and opportunities that require a concerted response from the higher education institutions in Canada, Mexico and the United States...Well trained professionals are needed to work in the emerging trilateral setting. A strategic partnership among higher education institutions, national associations, foundations, governments agencies, and corporations is crucial to improving academic cooperation in the North American region."
In part, CONAHEC's goal is to help build a North American academic community by improving higher education systems and encouraging scholars to study abroad in Canada and the United States. CONAHEC reminds students why choosing Canada as a study abroad destination can open the door to meaningful life and career opportunities.