Several school boards in the GTA are reporting an average 50 percent drop in the number of international students this fall.

This significant drop has resulted in a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition, when one considers international students pay an average of $15,000. Others being impacted are home-stay or housing providers and companies that settle the students.

Travel restrictions, the fear of a new COVID-19 outbreak, federal policies and parental concern is responsible for this drop.

Sixty international students will join the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board compared to the average of 116 over the last several years.

The Toronto District School Board, anticipates fewer international students enrolling this fall.

The Peel District School Board will have 459 international students this year, down from 597 last year.
The York Catholic District School Board, also anticipates an approximate 50 per cent reduction from last year’s number, according to a news report.

Meanwhile according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada international students must:

  • Prove travelling to Canada is essential.
  • Have a valid study permit approved on or before March 18, 2020, or be travelling directly to Canada from the U.S.

But until fears over COVID-19 abate, thousands of international high school students won’t be flying into Pearson International Airport anytime soon.


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