19 April 2024

IRCC Reveals Distribution of Study Permits

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently disclosed the methodology behind the allocation of study permits to each Canadian province for 2024. Following an earlier announcement of a cap on study permit applications, IRCC clarified that each province's allocation would be based on its population.
Key Points of the are as follows:

Methodology: provinces received study permit allocations based on population size.
Adjustment: provinces receiving fewer permits were adjusted to mitigate negative impacts.
Cap: provinces expecting a significant increase had allocations capped at 10% of their population.
Top-Up: provinces with approval rates below 60% received additional permits to meet targets.

Speaking about the regions, the study has revealed the following.

Ontario: with the largest population, Ontario secured the highest allocation at 235,000 permits, primarily for public institutions.
Quebec: after adjustments, Quebec received an allocation of 117,917 study permits.
British Columbia: Previously announced an allocation of 83,000 permits, evenly distributed between public and private institutions.
Alberta: capped at 10% of the population, Alberta received 40,894 study permits.
Nova Scotia: Received a top-up of 7,472 permits, totaling 20,378 study permits.

IRCC's allocation strategy aims to balance student inflow across provinces, ensuring equitable opportunities for international students nationwide.


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