Finding a way to work and study in Canada is the first step for many people towards realizing a vision.
It is no surprise that students from all over the world are migrating to the country, with its lush landscape, a slew of leading universities, and an accessible, well-regulated immigration system. Statistics back up this claim: in May, a survey of agents found that Canada was the “most appealing study destination,” owing largely to the government’s strong response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Major cities of Canada like Toronto and Vancouver continue to attract the majority of the international students, but it is also to note that Canada’s Atlantic provinces are rapidly becoming the first option for those looking to work and study in Canada.
Some of the provinces that international students are considering are Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick. One significant factor determining this move is its affordability in comparison to Canada’s more populous cities.
Tuition fees at Canadian universities are determined by a variety of factors, which include international or domestic student status and the nature of the program. Several students end up rejecting their top university choices due to financial constraints though attending a world-class university remains appealing.
The Atlantic provinces, on the other hand, have a much lower cost of living and are thus much more welcoming to a student’s wallet. Over a four-year period, an undergraduate student in Toronto would probably spend CAD $1,44,100 (US $112,128) more on tuition and rental costs than a student in St. John’s.
Ontario still retains the position as the most popular place to work and study in Canada.
Densely populated cities such as Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton, as well as some of the best universities in the country, including Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, are home to the province of Ontario.
Ontario also provides numerous opportunities for students to work in Canada after finishing their studies. Plenty of Canada’s smaller cities are also providing pathways to permanent residency for international graduates through the Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP), which enables provinces to customize immigration to local needs.
Atlantic Canada is constantly seeking highly qualified, competent graduates to compensate for an ageing population, Toronto and Vancouver have their own PNP Programs.
The Atlantic Pilot Program (AIPP) is a government-funded pathway program that helps students find work after they graduate. The program will end in December 2021, but it will be replaced with a new program for international graduates seeking permanent residency.
Approximately 12,695 international graduates will have obtained permanent residency in Canada by the end of 2021, the largest annual total in Canadian history. Aside from that, the growing economy of Atlantic Canada is a major draw.
Nova Scotia, for example, has a rapidly growing tech sector that is home to a number of promising startups. A slew of businesses in critical sectors such as agro-tech, energy innovation, and digital technology are setting up their base in New Brunswick, known for its vast expanse of a dense cover of forests. That does not take into account the liveability of Atlantic Canada.
Many of the Canadian Universities have campuses that expand for miles, and hidden trails, ski retreats, and mountain views are not uncommon. Atlantic Canada’s cities naturally account for shorter commute times, giving students better opportunities to enjoy the enormous surroundings afforded to them outside of classes.
Dalhousie University, which ranks among the top 300 universities in the world and among the top 20 in Canada, is one of the most well-known universities in Atlantic Canada.