Canada To Stabilize Growth And Reduce New International Student Permits 

Canada To Stabilize Growth And Reduce New International Student Permits 

Foreign students make communities better and play a crucial role in Canada’s social, cultural, and economic life. However, the international student system’s integrity has been at risk lately. 

Some privately owned schools have raised admissions to make more money, leading to students arriving without enough help to succeed. On top of that, the fast-growing number of international students also strains housing, health care, and services that are being offered to the people of Canada.


To safeguard students and promote sustainable growth, the government is taking steps to stabilize the international student count in Canada.

On January 22, 2024, Minister Marc Miller announced that Canada will limit new international student permits for two years. 

In 2024, the cap aims for about 360,000 permits, 35% less than 2023. Here’s the full video of the announcement:

Provinces with unsustainable growth will see more substantial decreases due to individual caps based on population. 

It’s worth noting that renewals are unaffected. Master’s, doctoral, and K-12 students aren’t part of the cap. Current permit holders remain unaffected.

IRCC will distribute the intake cap among provinces and territories, and they, in turn, will allocate it to their designated learning institutions.

Starting January 22, 2024, every study permit application submitted to IRCC must include an attestation letter from a province or territory. Provinces and territories are expected to establish a streamlined process for issuing these attestation letters to students by March 31, 2024.

These temporary measures are effective for two years, and a reassessment of the impact on new study permit applications in 2025 is scheduled for later this year.

Throughout this period, the Canadian government will continue collaborative efforts with provinces, territories, designated learning institutions, and national education stakeholders to develop an SEO-optimized and sustainable path forward for international students. This includes finalizing a recognized institution framework, determining long-term sustainable levels of international students, and ensuring that post-secondary institutions are well-equipped to provide optimal levels of student housing.

To better match the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program,  there have been multiple updates in the eligibility criteria. Here’s an overview: 

  1. Starting September 1, 2024, changes are coming to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility criteria, aimed at aligning the program more effectively. International students embarking on a study program within a curriculum licensing arrangement will no longer qualify for a post-graduation work permit upon completion. These programs, wherein students attend a private college licensed to deliver a public college’s curriculum, have experienced substantial growth in attracting international students. However, they have less oversight than public colleges, creating a loophole in post-graduation work permit eligibility.
  2. In a positive shift, graduates of master’s and other short graduate-level programs will soon be eligible to apply for a 3-year work permit. The current criteria tie the length of a post-graduation work permit solely to the duration of an individual’s study program. This change is crucial for master’s graduates, removing limitations on the time available to gain work experience and potentially transition to permanent residence. It acknowledges the importance of practical experience for these graduates in their journey beyond academia.

Starting soon, only spouses of international students in master’s and doctoral programs will get open work permits. Spouses of those in other programs, like undergraduate and college, won’t be eligible anymore.

These changes, along with other recent updates to the International Student Program, aim to support genuine students better. The goal is to make sure students have what they need for a good study experience in Canada. 

At the same time, these measures work to control the number of students coming in and ease pressures on housing, healthcare, and other services in the country.

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