Canada has set a new record by welcoming over 550,000 new international students in 2022, marking the largest intake of international students in the country’s history. According to the recent IRCC data, it also shows Canada is now host to 807,750 international students.
As a Canada Study Abroad Consultant, we have been following and noted a significant increase from the previous year when Canada welcomed approximately 402,000 international students. The influx of international students highlights Canada’s commitment to attracting and retaining talented individuals from all over the world.
The top 10 source countries of new international students entering Canada in 2022, were:
- India (226,450 students);
- People’s Republic of China (52,165 students);
- Philippines (23,380 students);
- France (16,725 students)
- Nigeria (16,195 students);
- Iran (13,525 students);
- Republic of Korea (11,535 students);
- Japan (10,955 students);
- Mexico (10,405 students); and
- Brazil (10,405 students)
The reasons for Canada’s success in attracting international students are many. Canada has a well-established reputation for being a welcoming and multicultural society, with a high standard of living and excellent educational institutions. Canadian universities and colleges offer a wide range of programs and courses, and many are world-renowned for their academic excellence. International students who choose to study in Canada can benefit from a quality education and a rich cultural experience, as well as opportunities to gain valuable work experience through co-op programs and internships.
Another reason for Canada’s success in attracting international students is the country’s immigration policies, which make it relatively easy for international students to transition to permanent residency after completing their studies. The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program allows international students to work in Canada for up to three years after graduation, providing them with valuable work experience and an opportunity to gain Canadian work experience that can help them become eligible for permanent residency.
In addition to the PGWP program, Canada has introduced several other initiatives to attract and retain international students, such as the International Education Strategy, which aims to increase the number of international students in Canada and enhance their experiences while studying in the country. The government has also introduced the Student Direct Stream, a program that expedites the visa process for students from certain countries, including India, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
The influx of international students has also had a significant impact on Canada’s economy, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth in various sectors. International students contribute approximately $22 billion to the Canadian economy each year, supporting local businesses and contributing to the country’s overall economic development. Moreover, international students bring diversity and a unique perspective to Canadian classrooms, enriching the academic experience for all students and contributing to the country’s cultural diversity.
Canada’s success in attracting over 550,000 new international students in 2022 is a testament to the country’s commitment to diversity and excellence in education. The country’s welcoming attitude, high-quality educational institutions, and favorable immigration policies have made it a top destination for international students looking to study abroad. Moreover, the influx of international students has had a significant impact on Canada’s economy, creating jobs and contributing to the country’s overall economic development. As such, Canada’s record-breaking intake of international students is a win-win situation for everyone involved, and the country is well-positioned to continue attracting the best and brightest students from all over the world.