Since 2012, Canada has seen up to 26% increase in the number of foreign students studying in third level educational institutions in the country.
There was an estimated number of 84,207 students from other countries in Canada back in 2012.
This increased to 93,717 in 2013; this year, there has already been a record 103,999 study permits issued to foreign students from January to September alone – a whopping 11% increase from last year and 26% increase from 2012.
Much of this can be attributed to the strategy implemented by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada in 2013 with the aim of doubling the number of foreign students in the country by 2022 without displacing Canadian students.
During that year, the top 5 countries where foreign students are coming from are the following:
⧫ China – 29,414
⧫ India – 13,758
⧫ South Korea – 7,284
⧫ France – 7,045
⧫ United States – 4,847
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said that international students generate about $8 billion in economic activity in Canada.
Many of these foreign students receive their post-graduate work permit after completing their third year of study.
Therefore, most have a high chance of staying after graduation, applying their knowledge and skills in their chosen work, and thereby helping improve Canada’s economy.