Canada International Students by Country (2015)
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On December 31st 2015, 356,574 international students were present in Canada –an increase of 191% compared with December 31st 2000.
In 2015, international students came from more than 185 countries.
The top three source countries* were China (120,339 or 33.7%), India (48,914 or 13.7%) and France (20,218 or 5.7%) and together accounted for 53.1% of the total of the international students.
The following countries were source of more than or equal to one percent of international students to Canada: South Korea (5.6%), the United States of America (3.4%), Saudi Arabia (3.3%), Nigeria (2.8%), Brazil (2.1%), Japan (2.0%), Mexico (1.4%), Vietnam (1.4%), Iran (1.3%), Pakistan (1.1%) and Hong Kong (1.0%).
From 2000 to 2015, the following top source countries* had the largest percent increases: Saudi Arabia (3173%), India (2113%), Nigeria (1687%) and China (886%).
The economic benefits that this immigration class brings to Canada are extraordinaire. In 2015, Global Affairs Canada reported that “International students in Canada provide immediate and significant economic benefits to Canadians in every region of the country. Data for 2012 show that 265,400 international students spent a total of some $8.4 billion in communities across Canada, helping sustain 86,570 Canadian jobs.”
|Economic Impact of International Education Services in Canada, 2012|
|Total Expenditure||Long-Term Students||Employment (2010)|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||$65,000,000||2,050||370|
|Prince Edward Island||$25,500,000||804||60|
|Yukon, NWT & Nunavut||$2,300,000||73||0|
|Source: Government of Canada|