0 international students in Canada at all levels of study at the end of 20221

Where do inbound students come from?

31% increase in international students in Canada from 2021 to 2022.

At the end of 2022, Canada saw 43% growth over the previous five years and nearly 170% over the last decade.

Notable Growth in Top Sending Countries

+112% Philippines (32,455)

+73% Hong Kong (13,100)

+60% Nigeria (21,660)

+54% Colombia (12,440)

+47% India (319,130)

Other Notable Growth Markets

+269% Ukraine (7,150)

+258% Nepal (7,745)

+115% Peru (4,025)

+94% Sri Lanka (5,205)

+59% Cameroon (4,075)

+44% Algeria (7,510)

Note: These figures represent year over year growth from 2021 to 2022.

International post-secondary students in Canada

International students in Canada at Cégeps

4,135 France

390 Cameroon

380 China

265 Ivory Coast

250 Morocco

International students in Canada by country and K-12 level

Where do international students go?

Note: 1% of students did not identify an intended destination

Top three reasons international students choose Canada2

Canada’s reputation as a safe and stable country
The reputation and quality of the education system in Canada
Canada offers a society that (generally) is tolerant and not discriminatory

72.5% of international students plan to apply for a post-graduate work permit3

60% of international students plan to apply for permanent residence in Canada4

1 Unless otherwise specified, CBIE uses Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data.

2, 3, 4 CBIE International Student Survey, 2021