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Ontario Plans Measures for Aligning International Students with In-demand Job Positions

Ontario will prioritize post-secondary study programs enabling international students to qualify for in-demand jobs.

There is an urgent need to explore ways to meet the demands of the labor market as Canada capped the number of study permit applications. It will restrict the availability of new international students to fill up vacant positions across in-demand jobs.

Ontario’s publicly funded colleges and universities will receive over 95 percent of study permit applications. The following restrictions will apply to institutions while receiving study permit applications:

  • To align the study programs with in-demand sectors like STEM, healthcare, childcare, and hospitality. 
  • To prioritize enrollment of French-speaking students because of the high demand for candidates with French language proficiency.
  • To keep the number of admissions below 2023 permission levels

Except for high-demand sectors, the institutions will not cross the foreign student population of 55 percent for 2023 first-year domestic enrollment

Ontario plans to support institutions to prepare for addressing labor-market demands by enhancing study programs for alignment with in-demand sectors. These measures will help Ontario achieve growth objectives in the coming years despite the two-year cap on new study permits.

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