Despite reports of fake admissions into colleges by agencies that can ruin a student’s career and future, Canada’s immigration minister expressed concern about the ‘integrity’ of student immigration in the North American nation.
According to Marc Miller in an interview with Canada Broadcasting Corporation, Canada is concerned not just about the increased housing pressure international students place on the system.
Significantly, as Minister Miller pointed out, Canada is set to welcome 900,000 international students this year, marking the highest level of student immigration the country has ever witnessed. This number is over three times the quantity that arrived a decade ago. Throughout the conversation, Miller underscored that foreign students contribute an annual income of around C$20 to C$30 billion ($14.7 to $22.1 billion) for both private and public colleges.
“Some people are making a lot of money out of it legitimately, some people are gaming the system, and my principal concern is with that integrity of the system,” he said, according to a Reuters report.
When asked if the Canadian government is mulling putting a cap on the number of student intake, Millar said, “Just putting a hard cap, which got a lot of public play over the last few days, is not the only solution to this,” Miller said.
Despite Miller’s doubts, the housing minister said the government is considering limiting the number of students allowed in each year as a way to ease the housing crunch.
According to reports, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) intends to implement a Trusted Institution framework in 2024.
This framework is a key component of a larger strategy aimed at modernising the International Student Program (ISP) operated by the IRCC.