Canada's 2024 Study Permit Regulations – Target Set to 606,000
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Canada’s 2024 Study Permit Regulations – Target Set to 606,000

Austin Campbell



Canada's 2024 Study Permit

In 2024, Canada’s immigration landscape underwent significant changes, particularly concerning study permit regulations. Understanding these changes is crucial for prospective international students and stakeholders involved in the education sector. This blog aims to delve into the aspects of Canada’s study permit regulations for 2024, providing comprehensive insights into the intake cap, adjustments, and implications for international students.

The Intake Cap and Its Implications

The imposition of an intake cap in 2024 was a notable shift in Canada’s approach to managing study permits. The cap was primarily based on expiring study permits in the given year. With a target of 485,000 approved study permits initially set for 2024, adjustments were made to account for various factors influencing student migration patterns.

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Miller highlighted several factors influencing the establishment of the intake cap:

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  • Expiring Study Permits – One crucial factor considered was the number of expiring study permits in 2024. This served as the foundation for determining the initial target of approved study permits.
  • Extension Applications – Approximately 20% of students apply for permit extensions annually, affecting the overall target for new study permits. Subtracting this amount from the initial target helped refine the cap’s scope.
  • National Approval Rate – The national approval rate of 60% for study permit applications played a significant role in translating the target number of approved study permits into a feasible cap for 2024.

Exempt Groups and Final Target

Certain groups of international students pursuing primary and secondary education were exempt from the intake cap. This exemption aimed to ensure that essential educational pursuits were not regulated by limitations. By accounting for exempt groups and adjusting estimates, a final target of 236,000 approved study permits was established for 2024.

Miller’s Net-Zero Growth Model 

Introduced by Marc Miller, the Net Zero First-Year Growth Model aimed to maintain a delicate balance in student enrollment. The First-Year Growth Model is like Canada’s attempt at balancing the number of incoming international students to match the number of outgoing ones.


Here’s a quick rundown of the figures:

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  • Study Permits Expiring in 2024: 485,000
  • Exempted Groups and Buffer: -249,400
  • Target New Study Permits Approved in 2024: 235,600

We’re assuming a cool 60% approval rate, and the allocations are looking something like this:

  • Cap Space Allocated to PTs: 392,667
Study permits expiring in 2024 (all cohorts) 485,000
Exempted groups and buffer -249,400
Target new study permits approved 2024 235,600
Approval rate 60%
Allocations (# of applications)
Cap space allocated to PTs 392,667

Under the national cap, 552,000 study permit applications have been allocated to Canadian provinces and territories, projected to result in approximately 292,000 approved study permits. This signifies a 28% reduction from 2023 for groups under the cap.

Allocation Adjustments and Regional Considerations

Provinces and territories received allocations based on various factors, including population share and historical trends. Adjustments were made to limit growth in provinces exceeding their share and to support regional immigration goals. Provinces with approval rates below 60% received additional allocations to help them meet their expected number of study permit approvals in 2024. This measure aimed to ensure equitable access to educational opportunities across all regions of Canada.

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Regional variations in allocation adjustments may influence the distribution of international students across different provinces and territories. Students and educational institutions alike must be aware of these variations when planning for study abroad opportunities.

Canada’s study permit regulations for 2024 signify a concerted effort to balance the influx of international students with regulatory constraints and regional considerations. Prospective international students should familiarize themselves with these regulations to make informed decisions regarding their educational aspirations in Canada.

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