Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Canada’s 2-Yr Cap On International College students And Who Will Be Impacted


International college students contribute about $16.4 billion yearly to the Canadian financial system. (Representational)


Canada on Monday introduced a two-year cap on new worldwide scholar permits after explosive progress in recent times aggravated the housing scarcity.

Final yr Canada issued greater than 650,000 examine permits to international college students, in keeping with authorities knowledge, taking the variety of worldwide college students coming into the nation to a document greater than one million, roughly triple the quantity who entered the nation a decade in the past.

Right here is how the brand new plans will work and what’s at stake.


Canada’s immigration minister, Marc Miller, stated the Liberal authorities will introduce a short lived, two-year cap on new scholar permits, which can end result within the problem of about 364,000 permits in 2024.

The proposals can even set limits on work permits handed out after commencement to international college students who attended some establishments. The permits have been seen as a straightforward path to securing everlasting residency. Folks pursuing grasp’s or post-doctorate packages might be eligible for a three-year work allow.

Spouses of worldwide college students enrolled in different ranges of examine, together with undergraduate and school packages, will now not be eligible, Miller stated. The acceptance of recent examine allow purposes in 2025 might be topic to reassessment on the finish of the present yr, he stated.


Canada has emerged as a well-liked vacation spot for worldwide college students since it’s comparatively simple to acquire work permits after ending programs.

However the surge in worldwide college students led to an acute scarcity in flats, pushing up rents. In December, rents nationwide rose 7.7% from a yr earlier, in keeping with Statscan.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recognition has been dented primarily as a consequence of affordability points, and opposition Conservative Occasion chief Pierre Poilievre has taken a commanding lead over Trudeau in opinion polls forward of an election subsequent yr.

Other than the rental disaster, the federal government has additionally been involved concerning the high quality of schooling supplied by a few of the establishments.


Worldwide college students contribute about C$22 billion ($16.4 billion) yearly to the Canadian financial system. The transfer will damage many instructional establishments that had expanded their campuses within the hope of a continued influx of scholars.

Ontario, essentially the most populous province, acquired the largest share of worldwide college students. Some companies, together with eating places and retail sectors, have warned {that a} cap on international college students will create a scarcity of non permanent staff.

Eating places throughout Canada are grappling with labour shortages with practically 100,000 vacancies, and worldwide college students made up 4.6% of 1.1 million staff within the meals service trade in 2023, a foyer group instructed Reuters final week.

Canadian banks had benefited from the inflow of recent college students, as every scholar is now required to have a Assured Funding Certificates (GIC) of greater than C$20,000, a prerequisite for worldwide college students to cowl dwelling bills.

A plurality of international college students, about 40%, come from India, with China coming in second with about 12%, in keeping with official knowledge from 2022.

The College of Toronto stated in an announcement that it seems to be ahead to working with all ranges of presidency to make sure that the allocation of examine permits acknowledges establishments like U of T and addresses the issue the place the challenges lie.

Worldwide college students made up virtually 30% of the U of T’s 86,297 college students final yr, in keeping with the 2022-23 enrollment report.

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