IRCC Unveils Study Permit Allocations for Every Canadian Province

In a recent announcement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) unveiled its methodology for allocating study permits to each Canadian province for the year 2024. This allocation is based on several factors, including population size and approval rates. Let’s delve into the details to understand how this allocation process works and what it means for international students aiming to study in Canada.

Allocation Methodology Unveiled

IRCC clarified that each province would receive a portion of study permits based on its population size. Without adjustments, this method could lead to disparities, with some provinces receiving more international students than others. To address this, IRCC made adjustments to ensure fairness across all provinces.

Provinces with a projected increase in international students for 2024 had their allocations capped at 10% of their population. Additionally, provinces with approval rates below 60% received a top-up to help them meet their expected number of approved study permits.

Key Highlights of Allocations

Ontario Leads the Pack: With the largest population in Canada, Ontario received the lion’s share of study permits, totaling 235,000. However, the province revealed that the majority of these permits, 96%, would be allocated to public universities and colleges, leaving limited spots for private institutions.

Quebec’s Significant Allocation: Quebec, known for its distinct cultural identity, received a notable allocation of 117,917 study permits after adjustments for population and approval rates.

British Columbia’s Equal Distribution: British Columbia announced an allocation of 83,000 study permits, evenly distributed between public and private institutions, showcasing a balanced approach to international student intake.

Provincial Breakdown

Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of the final allocation for each province and territory:

Province/Territory Allocations (Before Adjustments) Projected Study Permits Approved Change from 2023 (%) Top-Up Revised Allocations with Top-Up Projected Study Permits Approved (same as B)
Alberta 40,894 24,537 +10 N/A 40,894 24,537
British Columbia 83,000 49,800 -18 N/A 83,000 49,800
Manitoba 15,233 9,140 -10 3,420 18,652 9,140
New Brunswick 9,279 5,567 -10 5,372 14,651 5,567
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,365 1,419 +10 788 3,153 1,419
Northwest Territories 333 200 +4900 N/A 333 200
Nova Scotia 12,906 7,744 -10 7,472 20,378 7,744
Nunavut 333 200 +6567 N/A 333 200
Ontario 235,000 141,000 -41 N/A 235,000 141,000
Prince Edward Island 2,004 1,202 -10 308 2,312 1,202
Quebec 72,716 43,629 +10 45,202 117,917 43,629
Saskatchewan 12,043 7,226 +10 3,011 15,054 7,226
Yukon 417 250 +205 N/A 417 250
Total 486,523 291,914 -28 65,572 552,095 291,914

The allocation of study permits in Canada for 2024 reflects a balanced approach to international student intake, ensuring fairness across provinces and territories. By considering population size, approval rates, and projected increases in international student numbers, IRCC aims to provide equal opportunities for students seeking to study in Canada. This transparent allocation process underscores Canada’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment for all.