Canada International Students by Province – 2016

Canada International Students Province 2016

On December 31, 2016, 414,285 international students (study permit holders) were present in Canada –an increase of 18% compared to the previous year.

In 2016, the largest percentage of international students chose Ontario as their destination (45.4%), followed by British Columbia (25.4%) and Quebec (13.3%). In other words, 84% of international students chose these provinces as their destination in Canada.

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From 2015 to 2016, the number of international students increased 24% in Ontario, 11% in British Columbia and in Quebec.

The economic benefits that this immigration class brings to Canada are extraordinaire. In 2016, Global Affairs Canada reported the following:

  • In 2014, international students in Canada spent around $11.4 billion on tuition, accommodation, and discretionary spending.” (See table below)
  • The amount of overall annual spending by international students translates to 122,700 jobs (equivalent to 104,100 Full Time Employment) supported in the Canadian economy.
Summary – Table I – Number of International Students and Total Annual Spending in Canada, by Province and Territory ($million)
All Students Total Annual Spending($millions)
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,261 $48.20
Prince Edward Island 1,356 $37.50
Nova Scotia 11,892 $324.50
New Brunswick 4,154 $115.70
Quebec 55,369 $1,516.60
Ontario 187,589 $5,408.10
Manitoba 8,385 $220.80
Saskatchewan 6,408 $151.00
Alberta 23,227 $567.70
British Columbia 137,446 $2,980.60
Yukon 29 $0.50
Northwest Territories 35 $0.60
Nunavut 4 $0.00
Canada 438,157 $11,371.90

Source:

Global Affairs Canada

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The Benefits of International Students to Canada


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