According to the study, international students in Canada stay where they get study permits

A recent analysis of international students in Canada has shown that the most students want to study or work in the place where they obtained their study permit.

The Conference Board of Canada is a non-profit research organization focused on analyzing economic trends, organizational performance and issues related to public policy. Although the Conference Board of Canada states that provincial governments can further increase international student retention in the province/territory of study, research to this point indicates that there is already a notable degree of success with respect to that goal .

Below are the main points of the research study-

Settlement place one year after the first study permit expires

Of the students who chose to stay in Canada when their first study permit expired, no less than 60% of students from Canada’s 10 provinces or three territories lived in each territory.

Quebec saw the highest international student retention (approximately 85%), while Manitoba and Alberta also had retention rates above 80%. Five provinces experienced retention rates between 70% and 80% (British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan). Finally, Canada’s remaining two provinces (Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick) and three of Canada’s territories retained between 60% and 70% of their international students after one year.

In the case of all 13 individual regions, more than 75% of international students remained in the province/region to pursue further education.

Place of employment Three years from the date of expiry of the first study permit

Evaluated based on the location from where international students filed their taxes, the same findings as above (after one year) appeared to hold true even three years after their initial study permit expired.

In other words, most former international students were still employed in Canada three years later and remained in their initial province of study. In fact, in nine of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories – excluding the Atlantic provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick – more than 50% of international students stayed in the province or territory.

Quebec and Alberta, the provinces that experienced two of the three highest one-year retention rates, also saw the highest retention rates after three years.

Recommendations to further strengthen intra-province/territory retention

According to the Conference Board of Canada, a post-secondary education system that aligns skills development with the needs of local labor markets will aid retention, as will continued strong provincial funding for these institutions as it allows them to provide high-quality education to students. It will help to continue to provide.

In addition, dedicating a greater portion of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) slots to international students and improving the assistance provided to these foreign nationals through settlement services may entice them to remain in those provinces. Where they come to further their education.

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