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Canada, deriving its name from the word “Kanata”, meaning village or settlement, has historically been known as the land of foreign settlers. Over the years, Canada has become one of the most ethnically diverse and multi-cultural nations, owing to large scale immigration from many countries. Canada welcomes people from almost all across the globe, and its national human rights law prohibits any discrimination based on race, gender, disability and sexual orientation. Each province and territory of Canada has its own human rights code, too. Canada consistently ranks among the Top 3 countries of the world with the best quality of life.


Canada is considered to be highly industrialized nation, and its advanced economy (10th largest in the world) is continuing to witness the boom owing to its abundant natural resources as well as its exceptional international trade networks (Canada also happens to be one of the world’s Top 10 Trading Nations). Canada is one of the few developed nations that are net exporters of energy. Canada has 13% share of the global oil reserves, the third highest after Venezuela and Canada.


More than one in five Canadians are born abroad, and 22.3% of the populations belongs to the visible minorities. In 2016, Canada admitted 296,346 permanent residents. Canada plans to add nearly 1 million permanent residents over the next three years, to meet the needs of its growing economy. Canada is part of several major international and intergovernmental institutions or groupings including the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G7, the G20, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.


Across all levels of studies in Canada, there were 572,415 international students in Canada in 2018. Of all the international students coming to Canada, 30% of the international students come from India, 25% of the overall international students come from China. As of 2017-18, the number of Indian students going to Canada is increasing at the rate of 40% per annum. 96% of the international students recommend Canada as a study destination, whereas 60% of the total international students plan to apply for the Permanent Residence in Canada. International students opt to study in Canada for the following 3 main reasons:

  • The Quality of Canadian Education system
  • Canada’s reputation as a tolerant and a non-tolerant society
  • Canada’s reputation as a safe country
  • Canada is the world’s second largest country by area
  • 37 million people live in ten provinces and three territories
  • Ethnically diverse – Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina and Vancouver, are the chief Canadian cities home to large immigrant populations
  • Strong presence of Gujarati, Punjabi & South Indian community
  • Stable parliamentary democracy,High quality of life that is safe and secure
  • Minimum Wage rate in Canada (General) $ 14.00 CADin Ontario for students (As of 2020)
  • Education is the responsibility of the provinces and territories
  • As Canada is bilingual country – academic programs are offered in English or French
  • Trimester system with admissions in September, January and May
  • Several post-secondary programs allow international students to work during study terms
  • Over 8,000 programs at 150 public institutions offer credentials that are sanctioned by provincial and territorial governments
  • The UN has consistently ranked Canada as one of the best places in the world to live
  • Canada’s Colleges are among the world’s best. 90% of College graduates, on an average, obtain employment within 6 months of graduating
  • Canada’s educational institutions have long been incubators for innovation
  • Canada is home to world-class collaborative research and development
  • Canada shares 8,893 km land border with the United States, approximately 80 % of Canadian population lives near USA border
  • Canada invites more than 3 lakh immigrants in different categories every year. Out of Canada’s 37 million people, over 6 million are immigrants
  • The largest number of immigrants arriving in Canada currently come from India, China and the Philippines
  • Per capita income of Canadian is $ 48,265(

Canada is host to international students from almost 180 nationalities. Such a myriad student fraternity always adds up to the exuberance and experience of the international students. International student community is spread all across Canada, from the large metropolitan areas to serene towns and countryside. An international student is legitimately entitled to work 20 hours per week, and 40 hours per week, during the semester breaks. A student life in Canada can teach more lessons than one and make an individual learn not only at a College or a University, but also it makes the student learn many a things about time management, financial and social independence, decision making and climate acclimatization. The following are the Top 15 host cities and towns for international students in Canada:

  1. Toronto

  2. Vancouver

  3. Montreal

  4. Ottawa-Gatineau

  5. Winnipeg

  6. Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge

  7. London

  8. Edmonton

  9. Hamilton

  10. Calgary

  11. Victoria

  12. Halifax

  13. St. Catharines-Niagara

  14. Windsor

  15. Quebec

As of 2017, 25,575 students with the Indian citizenship at Canadian Universities, which is the second highest number of international students after the students of Chinese origin. On the other hand, in 2017 only, 86,900 students with the Indian citizenship were enrolled at the Canadian Colleges, which, by far, was the highest number for the students from any country.

The tertiary education system in Canada can be bifurcated into two layers as far as the international students are concerned:

  1. Universities

  2. Colleges

Canada’s tertiary education focuses on enhancing not only the knowledge of the students, but also equips them with the skills and abilities required by the industry. This makes the candidates competent enough to excel in their respective fields anywhere across the globe. Canada’s higher, post-secondary education can be broadly categorized into the following credentials:

  1. Diploma Programs – 2 Years

  2. Advanced Diploma Programs – 3 Years

  3. Bachelors’ Programs – 4 Years

  4. Post Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate Programs – 1 OR 2 Years

  5. Masters’ Programs – 2 Years

Pursuing a full length program (At least 4 subjects per Semester) for a minimum period of two years, entitles the students with an Open Work Permit of 3 Years. Of these 3 years, if the student works in his own field of study for one year (managerial/supervisorial/co-ordinator categories of work), the student becomes eligible to file his Permanent Residence in Canada. However, if the student applies for a 1-Year, full time program, he becomes eligible to receive an Open Work Permit for 1 year only, of which he needs to work for a year, in order to file his Permanent Residence.