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Over 1 million international students studied in Canada in 2023

Active study permits for international students in Canada grew by 27% to 1,028,850 in 2023, exceeding the government's projection of 950,000. Ontario hosted 51% of these students, followed by British Columbia (19.5%) and Quebec (11.5%). However, this rapid growth has created challenges like housing shortages and strain on the healthcare system. This has led to a planned 35% decrease in approved study permits for 2024. The cap will be based on each province's population, leading to significant changes in student recruitment across provinces. This move is supported by a Nanos Research poll indicating that 55% of Canadians favour accepting fewer international students.

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