Original post by Canadian Bureau for International Education

International students in Canada

  • Canada ranks as the world’s 4th most popular destination for international students (Source: Project Atlas)
  • There were 494,525 international students in Canada in 2017, representing a 119% increase since 2010, and an increase of 20% over the previous year (Source: Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada).
  • International students made up 11% of the postsecondary student population in Canada in the 2015-2016 academic year (Source: Statistics Canada).
  • Of the 494,525 international students in Canada, 48% are in Ontario, 24% are in British Columbia and 12% are in Quebec.

The economic impact

  • Canada derives nearly $8B annually from international student expenditures including tuition and living expenses.
  • The presence of international students created over 81,000 jobs and generated over than $445M in government revenue (2010). 

    Check out the latest infographics of CBIE / BCEI.

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