0 international students in Canada at all levels of study at the end of 20211

Where do inbound students come from?

135% increase in international students in Canada 2010-2020

At the end of 2021, Canada saw a return to pre-pandemic numbers of international students.

Where do international students go?

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

Top three reasons international students choose Canada2

1
Canada’s reputation as a safe and stable country
2
The reputation and quality of the education system in Canada
3
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