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November 11, 2014

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).

Quick facts

  • 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.