Most foreign students in Canada want to live in a province with a study permit

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Toronto| Foreign students in Canada want to live in a province that allows them to pursue education or work. There are also a sizeable number of Indian students in Canada. According to a recent report by The Conference Board of Canada, for every region except the Atlantic provinces, more than half of former international students employed in the country studied there.

The ‘After School: Keeping International Students In-Province’ report said that more than 60 per cent of students studying in any of Canada’s 10 provinces or three territories remained in that territory after their study permits expired.

Quebec showed the highest international student retention rate of nearly 85 percent, followed by Manitoba and Alberta (80 percent).

British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan have retention rates between 70 and 80 percent.

New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and three Canadian territories saw retention rates of between 60 percent and 70 percent of their foreign students after one year.

The research notes that evolving international education and changes in international student enrollment could shape immigration and settlement patterns across Canada.

During their studies, students build relationships with their peers, post-secondary institutions and the community in Canada, the report said. These ties can increase the likelihood that international students will settle in the community or province where they studied.

It further states that most foreigners remain in the province of their initial studies even after three years.

In nine of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories, more than 50 percent of international students resided in the province or territory.

It did not include the Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

According to research, half of all new study permit holders in 2019 came from India alone.

Canada is the second most popular destination for Indian students, with 1.83 lakh pursuing education at various levels in the country.

A strong post-secondary education system, which offers programs tailored to the needs of the local labor market, will help international students connect their studies to the communities where they live, the study said.