In September 2019, Canada issued 44,465 Study Permits for international students. Most new study permit holders study in Ontario – 19,655 permits; Quebec was the second most popular education destination - 8,955 permits; 8,490 foreign students study in British Columbia; 2,030 international students started their programs in Alberta; colleges and universities in Nova Scotia attracted 1,390 international students; another 1,150 study permit holders came to study in Manitoba; 715 had chosen Saskatchewan; New Brunswick admitted 735 foreign students; Newfoundland and Labrador got 525 students; 340 international students went to Prince Edward Island 340. Finally, Yukon and Northwest Territories admitted 15 and 5 students, respectively. No new international students got study permits to study in Nunavut. An additional 460 study permit holders did not specify their province of study. In total, Canada issued 331,765 study permits in 2019.
One of the advantages of studying in Canada is that graduates have access to a Post-Graduation Work Permit on completion of their studies in Canada. Depening on the program that you may apply for, Post-Graduation Work Permits allow certain individuals who have studied in Canada to apply for an open work permit, stay and work in Canada for up to three years. This allowe them gain Canadian work experience that may help in the next strp of immigrating permanently.