International students accounted for growth in postsecondary enrolments, graduates prior to COVID-19

November 26, 2021
A new report released by Statistics Canada has shown that prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth in postsecondary enrolments and graduations was driven by international students. The reports showed that from 2018/2019 to 2019/2020 international enrolment in Canadian colleges and universities increased by 13.7%, while domestic enrolments decreased by 0.9%. StatCan found that international student enrolment in colleges increased from 60,318 enrolments in 2015-2016 to 153,360 enrolments in 2019/2020. The study also found that international college graduates led the growth of graduates in 2019, with a 33.6% increase in international student graduates compared to 2018. StatCan (National)