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This marks an increase of 33,950 compared to the previous year, where 437,600 new permanent residents were admitted.

The provinces with the highest concentration of international students are Ontario, boasting 526,015, followed by British Columbia with 202,565, and Quebec with 117,925.  

Canadian cap on international student admissions

According to IRCC, the cap this year is anticipated to result in about 360,000 approved study permits, a reduction of 35% from 2023. It will be introduced for each province and territory, to be weighted by population and aimed at significant decreases in provinces where the population of international students experience the most unsustainable increases. 

According to the proposed plan, each province will receive a designated allotment from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for study permits. The leaked memo also noted that immigration officials are considering a model similar to Quebec’s, where provincial governments must provide a supporting letter for each study permit application.

The plan encompasses a new Francophone immigration policy, the expansion of the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiatives, the introduction of a dedicated program supporting Francophone immigration, and the implementation of the Action Plan for Official Languages.

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