More International Students are Choosing Canada
November 7, 2014
Study permits issued to international students up by 26 percent since 2012
Canada is on track to welcome a record number of foreign students this year, Canada?s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced today.
103,999 study permits were issued from January to September this year, an 11-percent increase from the same period in 2013 (93,717) and a 26-percent increase for the same period in 2012 (84,207).
More than half of international students entering Canada in 2013 were citizens of the following five countries: the People?s Republic of China (29,414), India (13,758), South Korea (7,284), France (7,045) and the United States (4,847).
- In June 2014, Canada announced new regulations to strengthen Canada?s reputation as a study destination of choice and improve services to genuine students, while protecting Canada?s international reputation for high-quality education and reducing the potential for fraud and misuse of the program.
- In 2013, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada launched a strategy to double the number of international students coming to Canada without displacing Canadian students by 2022. The department estimates that international students contribute more than $8 billion to the Canadian economy annually.