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New regulations that private language schools in British Columbia have had to adhere to since the end of 2015 in order to be able to accept student visa holders are costly and an ill-fit that will drive a quality schism in the industry, claim stakeholders.

This was the chief concern discussed at the Languages Canada conference in Victoria, BC last week, just metres away from the parliamentary building where the Ministry of Advanced Education has been working with the sector to work out an interim regulation agreement until the new Private Training Act is ushered in later this year.

But the sector is aggrieved that compliance costs and workload have increased, with members claiming that Languages Canada’s own quality assurance scheme is being disregarded by the ministry.

Meanwhile, private language schools that are content not to undergo PCTIA quality assessment and only teach short-term students for less than six months (not those on a student visa) are escaping the costly regulation requirement.

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