Statistics Canada has released a new study which examines how the sociodemographic characteristics of international students have changed from 2000 to 2019. The annual number of students with first-time study permits increased from 70,000 to 250,000 over the period, and students at the college and master’s degree levels increased more than others. India led as a source of international students at universities from 2015-2019. The report says that the COVID-19 pandemic decreased the number of students whose study permits became effective in 2020 by 36%, and that the pandemic’s varied impact on the students’ home countries may have influenced the sociodemographic composition of those studying in Canada.


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