Toronto, May 1
Canada is all set to suspend entry of international students, including from India, to Ontario, the worst-hit province which is battling the third Covid wave.
According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), an education service provider based in Ottawa, there were 530,540 international students in Canada in 2020, of which the maximum were from India (34 per cent) followed by China (22 per cent). Ontario has the maximum number of foreign students at 242,825 or 46 per cent, it said.
During a press conference. PM Justin Trudeau said the government was considering halting the arrival of international students in Ontario following a request from the province Premier Doug Ford to combat the spread of the pandemic, the globalnews.ca reported. Trudeau said they would be “reaching out to their officials” to formalise the request.
However, there is no clarity on when the change will take effect or how long it will last. International students are currently exempt from Canada’s Covid-19 travel rules. All students must be able to provide a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows they were approved for a permit, according to CTV news. — PTI