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Canada breaks record by welcoming over 550,000 new international students in 2022

Canada now hosts over 800,000 international students, according to the new data presented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which is a record for the country.

In 2022, Canada welcomed a record 551,405 of international students from 184 countries. This is an increase from the previous year when the number of new permits granted in 2021 decreased due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The number of international students studying in Canada has also significantly increased. In 2019, over 600,000 international students were in the country, which decreased in 2020 due to the pandemic. By 2022, the country has gained over 170,000 international students. The situation returned to normal last year, which also increased the number of international students by about 170,000.

In 2022, Canada received the newest international students from the following countries:

  1. India (226,450 students)
  2. China (52,165 students)
  3. Philippines (23,380 students)
  4. France (16,725 students)
  5. Nigeria (16,195 students)
  6. Iran (13,525 students)
  7. Republic of Korea (11,535 students)
  8. Japan (10,955 students)
  9. Mexico (10,405 students)
  10. Brazil (10,405 students)

International students in Canada were able to study at designated learning institutions in various provinces in 2022.

  1. Ontario (411,000 students)
  2. British Columbia (164,000 students)
  3. Quebec (93,000 students)
  4. Alberta (43,000 students)
  5. Manitoba (22,000 students)
  6. Nova Scotia (20,850 students)
  7. Saskatchewan (13,135 students)
  8. New Brunswick (11,140 students)
  9. Newfoundland and Labrador (6,175 students)
  10. Prince Edward Island (4,485 students)

Why is Canada so popular among international students?

There are various reasons why international students choose to study in Canada. Among these are the country’s low cost of education, work opportunities, and immigration benefits.

According to a report released by an agency that specializes in international education, Canada is the most preferred destination for international students.

Quality of education

One of the main reasons why international students choose to study in Canada is the country’s high-quality education. Many of the country’s universities and educational institutions are regarded as global leaders. This is a crucial reason why many international students study in Canada.


The Canadian dollar’s favourable exchange rate makes it easier for international students to obtain post-secondary education in Canada. This means they can get a lower price than in other countries, such as the U.S. or the U.K. For undergraduate programs, the average cost in Canada is between $20,000 and $40,000. Canada also has various financial aid programs designed to help international students.

Work opportunities

The ability to work in Canada has also contributed to the country’s popularity among international students. Once they have completed their studies, international students in Canada can apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit. This allows them to work and reside in the country full-time after graduation.

Canada’s international graduates have a high employment rate, with 73% having a job after finishing their studies. In 2017, over 132,650 students transitioned into the workforce after completing their studies under the PGWP program.

International students can now work up to an unlimited number of hours per semester until 2023 under a new policy. This new policy allows them to support themselves and gain a foothold in the Canadian labour market.

Post-graduation immigration possibilities

One of the few countries that give international students the opportunity to live permanently and work in the country, Canada is also a great choice. Earning an education in this country can help increase one’s chances of becoming an immigration candidate.

Once they have completed their studies, international students can start the process of becoming permanent residents in Canada. They need to first obtain a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). This will allow them to work and live in the country full-time after graduation.

The number of people who became permanent residents after completing their studies in Canada increased by over 50,000 last year. This demonstrates the country’s growing popularity as an immigration destination.