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Canada: Montreal, Toronto Ranked Among World’s Best Cities To Study

According to Campus Advisor, a higher education information provider, Montreal, and Toronto are among the top 30 cities in the world for international students.

On the global network’s ranking system, Montreal received 4.44 points out of a possible five, while Toronto received 4.12 points. The largest city in Quebec’s francophone province is known for its blend of European and North American culture, its nightlife, and its welcoming attitude toward people from all over the world.

Montreal received a rating of 4.8 out of 5 for its nightlife, 4.77 for student friendliness, 4.32 for its amenities, 4.56 for its public transportation system, and 4.25 for overall safety. According to these rankings, Montreal is the fourth-best city in the world for international students. With an overall score of 4.12 out of five, Toronto was ranked the 25th best city in the world for international students in Ontario.

Toronto is a diversified, intriguing city with a rich history and cultural offerings. Public transportation is easily accessible, inexpensive, and efficient. When traveling alone or at night, it’s vital to be cautious and watchful, just as it is in any big city. However, the majority of regions are relatively safe. Canada’s largest city received 4.45 out of 5 points for student friendliness, 4.39 for public transportation, 4.43 for amenities, and 4.15 for safety, but received only 2.59 for the cost of living.

The sole drawback is that the cost of living in the downtown center is quite high, but better-priced accommodations can be found outside of the city core. Melbourne, Australia, Newcastle, United Kingdom, and Seoul, South Korea were named the top three best cities in the world for international students. Up to one-third of international students who come to Canada plan to become permanent residents, and Toronto, which ranks high among international students, is also one of the most popular areas for immigrants to live once they arrive.

According to Statistics Canada, Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton have some of the strongest immigration retention rates in the country. Statistics Canada observed in its January study, Longitudinal Immigration Database: Immigrants’ Mobility During The Initial Years Since Admission, that Vancouver did the best job of retaining immigrants who came in 2014 for the next five years.

Toronto was a close second, with Edmonton coming in third. At the Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) level, immigrant tax filers admitted in Vancouver in 2014 had the greatest retention rate five years later in 2019, at 86.1 percent.

“These immigrant taxpayers stated Vancouver as their intended destination when they were admitted in 2014 and filed taxes in Vancouver in 2019,” noted Canada’s statistical services department.

In 2014, the retention rates for immigrants admitted were 85.5 percent in Toronto and 84.6 percent in Edmonton. Immigrants coming to Atlantic Canada in 2014 were significantly less likely to stay – and those who did prefer to stay in Halifax, the region’s largest city.

Halifax had the greatest five-year retention percentage among immigrant taxpayers in the Atlantic area, at 57.7 percent. When foreign national wishes to apply for permanent residence in Canada through one of the three federal immigration programs or a participating provincial immigration program, they must first submit an online profile known as an Expression of interest (EOI) to the Express Entry Pool of the Express Entry system.

The profiles of the applicants are compared against one another using the Comprehensive Ranking Approach, which is a point-based system (CRS). The top candidates are then evaluated for Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. Not unexpectedly, the same criteria that increase an applicant’s chances of acquiring an ITA, such as having worked in a relevant field, also assist him or her in settling in the region of Canada of his or her choice.

Among immigrants accepted in 2014, individuals with work experience were more likely to remain in their province or territory of admission, demonstrating that having a job is an important determinant in retention. International students, who nearly always choose their province of entry depending on the university they wish to attend, are more likely than other immigrants to move to other Canadian cities for jobs after graduation.

Prior to admission, higher retention rates were reported among immigrants with asylum claims (93%), or work permits only (90.2%), whereas lower retention rates were observed among immigrants with only study permits (79%), or study permits in addition to employment permits (81.3%). Analysts at Statistics Canada believe this is because students are more inclined to relocate in order to find good jobs.

After 2014, when Canada welcomed 260,411 new permanent residents, the number of new permanent residents has ballooned, growing 55.6 percent to 405,330 last year, according to the most recent Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) numbers.

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