Canada to set a cap on international students amid housing crisis, fix ‘out of control’ system.

Marc Miller says the system, which currently brings 800,000 students a year to Canada, was not designed to be a cash cow for universities and colleges.

According to Canada’s Immigration Minister Marc Miller, measures are being considered to manage the “out-of-control” system for international students.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller says he would investigate the idea of capping the number of foreign students residing in Canada over the next few months, but he would not specify the extent of the government’s planned cut.

“To ensure that the provinces that have not been doing their jobs actually rein in those numbers on a pure volume basis,” the federal government will need to have agreements with the province governments.

Miller remarked, “That volume is disconcerting,” in relation to the quantity of foreign students enrolled in Canadian universities. “In actuality, the system has gotten out of hand.”

Although there is a severe housing crisis in the nation, the federal government has come under fire for accepting a rising number of immigrants, both temporary and permanent residents.

The Liberals have set goals to increase immigration by 485,000 this year and 500,000 in 2025 and 2026.

Another factor in the picture is temporary residents, of which migratory workers and overseas students make up the majority. In the third quarter of last year alone, almost 300,000 of them arrived in Canada.

To help lower the demand for accommodation, Miller stated he will be considering the possibility of imposing a cap on international students in both the first and second quarters of this year.

“We need to be doing our jobs and making sure that we have a system that actually makes sure people have a financial capability to come to Canada,” Miller said. He emphasized the importance of verifying offer letters and initiating a conversation about volumes and their impact on certain areas.

Miller clarified that a cap on international students would not serve as a “one-size-fits-all solution” to housing shortages across Canada. He acknowledged the complexity of the issue and the varying circumstances in different provinces.

Addressing concerns about the imbalance between the increasing number of international students and the government’s housing initiatives, Miller underscored the broader considerations involved in immigration targets. He mentioned the pressing need to lower the average age of the workforce as a crucial factor.

Last year, Canada decided to maintain its current immigration targets for the next two years, because of the acute housing shortage and growing inflation, with the intention of ceasing further immigration increases in 2026.

Universities Canada also said the government should be careful in making any changes to the program.

“International students bring important knowledge, diversity, and skills to our campuses and workforce, and we must continue to welcome them to study at Canadian universities,” the association said in a statement. “Any policy changes to the international student program should avoid unintended consequences that will adversely affect universities who have demonstrated responsible and sustainable growth.”

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