Canada’s Provincial Attestation Letters: 2024 Quotas for International Students

2024 Quotas for International Students

In January 2024, Canada introduced 2024 Quotas for International Students applications for the next two years. This cap is accompanied by a requirement for a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL).


The federal cap on international student permits for this year is around 360,000, marking a decrease of 35% from the previous year.

Province-wise Quotas for 2024:

British Columbia:

  • Allocation: 83,000 undergraduate study permit applications for 2024.
  • Expected Approvals: Around 50,000 international student approvals.
  • Information: PALs are being issued by British Columbia.


  • PAL Issuing: Started on March 1, 2024.
  • Allocation: Not publicly disclosed, but an overall allocation of 41,000 PALs is reported.


  • Allocation: 12,000 PALs for 2024.
  • Process: Students apply to their chosen institution first, which notifies the Ministry of Advanced Education for PAL issuance.


  • PAL System Initiation: Started on March 4th, 2024.
  • Allocation: Not disclosed publicly yet.
  • Process: Students should contact their Designated Learning Institution (DLI) for PAL information.


  • Allocation: 235,000 PALs for 2024.
  • Approval Estimation: Historically, around 60% of applications get approved, suggesting approximately 141,000 new study permits.

Nova Scotia:

  • Allocation: 12,900 applications for 2024.
  • Distribution: The majority is allocated to institutions and community colleges, with the rest to private career colleges and language schools.

New Brunswick:

  • PAL Introduction: Introduced PAL system on March 18.
  • Process: Students inquire with their DLI about PAL application requirements.

Newfoundland & Labrador:

  • PAL Issuance: This began on March 19th.
  • Process: Students contact their chosen school directly for PAL application and processing.

Prince Edward Island:

  • Allocation: Estimated around 3,200-3,300 PALs for 2024.

Exemptions from Capping:

  • Certain categories, including primary and secondary school students, master’s or doctoral degree students, and those already in Canada with valid permits, are exempt from the cap.


These measures aim to manage the influx of international students while ensuring a balanced approach to educational opportunities in Canada. Connect with Asif Consulting for expert assistance personalized support and the latest updates and guidance on immigration, education, and more. 

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