Cities in Ontario International Students for In-Demand Jobs,

New Ontario Measures for International Students

Recently, cities in Ontario revealed their plan to focus on public postsecondary education programs. Such plans lead to high-demand jobs. This initiative aims to meet the needs of the province’s job market. The province is following the federal government’s restriction on the number of study permit applications from international students for the next two years.

Key Changes:

  • Priority to Public Institutions: 96% of study permit applications will be allocated to publicly funded colleges and universities. Only 4% will go to private universities, language schools, and other institutions.
  • Program Prioritization: Institutions will give preference to programs in skilled trades, health care, STEM fields, hospitality, and child care.
  • Limitations on Applications: Institutions cannot exceed their 2023 permission levels for international student enrollments.
  • Foreign Permit Quota: There’s a cap on the proportion of study permits for international students. The province cannot exceed 55% of the institution’s first-year domestic enrollment in 2023.

French-Language Enrollment

The province will prioritize French-language program enrollment as companies seek French-speaking employees.

Support for Institutions

The government will collaborate with colleges and universities. It will help them to align their programs with the job market and promote economic growth.

Ontario Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL)

International students applying to study in cities in Ontario must submit a PAL with their study permit application. This letter allows the federal government to confirm the applicant within its maximum allotments.

Changes by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

The IRCC announcements show the International Student Program for 2024 and 2025. It includes capping the number of study permits. Except for Algoma University and some colleges as most universities and colleges will maintain their 2023 application levels,

New Measures to Protect International Students

To ensure a positive experience for international students in cities in cities in Ontario, the government is:

  • Accessible Accommodations: For accessible accommodation choices for incoming overseas students they require publicly funded institutions.
  • Mental Health Support: There is a plan to invest over $32 million in 2023–24 to support mental health services for postsecondary students.
  • Legislative Support: The provinces have announced the Strengthening Accountability and Student Supports Act of 2024. They have aimed to improve mental health support, campus safety, inclusivity, and fee transparency.

These measures aim to support international students and enhance their overall experience while studying in Ontario.

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