Map by Sarah Poko based on data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


Study permit applications soared again this year, cementing Canada as one of the globe’s top study destinations.

Canadian study permit applications increased 32 percent between the July of 2016 and June of 2017 compared to the previous year. The growth comes after a 25 percent increase in applications the year before.

The data was published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The data also shows applications from China were stagnant, while applications from India increased 88 percent.

Overall, 259,124 people applied for a Canadian study permit between July of 2016 and June of 2017.

The data is reinforced by a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Education at a Glance 2017 shows that the total number of international students around the world is growing very slowly, and that Canada is taking a larger share of the student market. That report also shows that more than 10 percent of all post-secondary students in Canada are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

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