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Frequently Asked Questions – Attestation and Study Permit Cap

The federal government has announced a temporary two-year national cap on study permits. For 2024, the government plans to issue approximately 360,000 new study permits. That is a 35 per cent decrease from 2023. We are still waiting to hear from our provincial government about how study permits will be distributed in Ontario and how it will impact Canadore College.

In addition to the cap, international students applying for a Study Permit must provide an attestation letter from the province. See FAQ below.

We share your concerns about the short timelines these changes may pose, and we are committed to putting you, our students, first. We see our international students as vital and valued participants in our classrooms, communities, and economy.

Your well-being and continued success remain our top priority. Please note our International Office at College Drive is open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm in room C210 and at Commerce Court in room E101 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.

We thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through this process.

This announcement does not affect current students of Canadore North Bay/Parry Sound campuses who are residing in Canada with existing study permits, those students who wish to take a second program with us at a North Bay or Parry Sound campus, or those awaiting permit renewals.

Canadore will continue to accept applications for available intakes. However, your offer letter will be delayed for international applicants until the attestation letter process is in place by the province.

As of September 1, 2024, the PGWP will no longer be available for public/private institution partnership models that are part of a curriculum licensing arrangement.

As of January 22, 2024, every study permit application submitted to IRCC will also require an attestation letter from a province or territory.  Applications made to IRCC before this date will be treated as per previous guidelines.

More information can be found on the IRCC website.

An attestation letter is a supporting document from the province or territory where the student plans to study that is now a required document for an initial study permit application. Each province or territory is developing a process for applicants to get an attestation letter. These processes are expected to be in place by March 31, 2024. IRCC will return any application received on or after January 22, 2024, without an attestation letter, unless you’re exempt. More information can be found on the IRCC website.

No, students applying to extend their study permit are exempt from needing an attestation letter. More information can be found on the IRCC website

This information is not yet available. Provinces have until March 31, 2024, to determine the process. 

We are working to further mitigate any potential consequences.  We will keep you informed as new information becomes available.