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Ontario international student permits to go to in-demand areas

Nearly all of the permits will go to publicly assisted colleges and universities, with private career colleges receiving none.

Published Mar 28, 2024 at 12:20am

The Canadian Press
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Ontario international student permits to go to in-demand areas
Jill Dunlop, Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities, walks to a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto, on Monday, Feb 26, 2024. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press)

Ontario will prioritize its newly reduced number of international undergraduate student study permits to post-secondary institutions that offer in-demand programs such as in the skilled trades, child care and health care, the province said Wednesday.

The federal government announced earlier this year it would slash the number of international student permits it would hand out, with Ontario seeing its allotment cut in half.

"We are protecting the integrity of our province's post-secondary education system by attracting the best and brightest international students to Ontario to study in areas that are critical to our economy," Colleges and Universities Minister Jill Dunlop said in a statement.

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