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Student Visa Cap Creates Total Chaos , Ontario Colleges Warn of Disruption

Student Visa Cap Creates Total Chaos, say Ontario’s Public Colleges

The recent decision by Ottawa to impose limits on study permits for international students has sparked significant turmoil for those aspiring to pursue post-secondary education in Canada, with Ontario’s public colleges describing the situation as “total chaos.”

The federal government’s move, characterized as hasty and detrimental by Ontario Colleges, representing the province’s 24 publicly funded colleges, has been criticized for its lack of consultation with educational institutions.

The two-year cap on new student visas, announced by Canada’s Immigration Minister Marc Miller, reducing the limit to 364,000 – a 35% decrease from the previous year – has drawn criticism for its perceived rushed implementation.

Additionally, students in private-public model schools will be barred from accessing postgraduate work permits starting in September, in response to concerns about an influx of international students and worries that some institutions prioritize revenue over housing and educational quality.

While acknowledging the need to address fraudulent practices and abuses in the system, Ontario’s public colleges argue that the cap on permits is a blunt instrument that leaves numerous students in uncertainty. The colleges contend that the abrupt requirement for a letter of attestation from the province has led to a freeze in the entire system, as the Ontario government lacks a process for generating such letters.

Furthermore, the colleges emphasized the crucial role international students play in filling labor market gaps, particularly in sectors like early childhood education where there is a predicted shortage of 8,500 educators by 2025-26.

The statement highlighted that Ontario public colleges currently enroll 4,500 international students in these programs, nearly 50% of the total enrollment.

As the debate unfolds, it’s evident that the impact of these measures extends beyond curbing potential abuses, affecting responsible institutions and leaving many students in limbo. The call for a more refined and targeted approach, as advocated by the Council of Ontario Universities, underscores the need for the federal government to reassess its measures and address concerns without unfairly penalizing institutions that rely on international student funding.

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