Date: 28th Aug 2018


This article is created for those who have chosen Canada as their dream destination and they are damn right about it! And also for those who are still a bit confused which one is the best destination and want a final push to make a sure shot decision. Please go through the article carefully and in the end we assure you that you won’t doubt your choice ever again.

To begin with let’s start with the main point, how are we able to make such a confident statement about Canada being the best destination. For that you should be aware of 2017 survey of international students in Canada where it was found that more than nine in ten are satisfied or highly satisfied with their studies in Canada.


In addition to this survey another recent survey conducted by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) reveals that the vast majority of international students in Canada are satisfied with their decision to study in Canada and would recommend Canada as a study destination to friends. In addition, six in ten of them want to immigrate to Canada in the future. To speak in numbers to clarify the magnitude of this fact over 14,000 students responded to this survey. CBIE notes that the response rate represents a 253% increase over [the last survey conducted in] 2015, making it by far the most robust data source on the post-secondary international student experience in Canada to date. Just over a third (35%) of students surveyed were studying at the bachelor’s level, while 22% were in master’s programmes, 17% were pursuing doctoral degrees, and 13% were taking diploma courses. The greatest proportion of students came from Asia (East Asia 23%, South Asia 22%), with the next largest group from Africa (14%). Students also came from Europe (12%), Latin America (11%), and the MENA region (10%), with smaller numbers from the US and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Top reasons for wanting to study in Canada

Now some may find it a bit unconventional that we are speaking only on the basis of surveys but let us assure that at we never deliver knowledge before we make sure its legit, and will benefit the reader. Maximum students said that they chose Canada because of the quality of its education system, and its reputation as a safe and welcoming country to give more specific details this were the highlights that were mostly repeated by numerous candidates.

  • The reputation of Canada’s education system (82% said this was “essential” or “very important”)
  • Canada’s generally tolerant and non-discriminatory society (79%)
  • Canada’s reputation as a safe country (78%)
  • High rates of satisfaction

Speaking of high rate we can definitely put aa number on it, more than 9 in 10 (93%) students were satisfied with their decision to study in Canada, with more than half of this proportion (55%) “very satisfied.” In keeping with their high levels of satisfaction, 96% said they would definitely (67%) or probably (29%) recommend Canada as a study destination.

Importantly, 95% of students said they are achieving success in meeting the demands of their academic programme, a finding that suggests that their programmes are the right fit for their interests and abilities. Fewer students are feeling comfortable with the social aspects of studying in Canada: 73% felt they are encountering success in becoming involved in campus activities.

Jump in the number of students who want to immigrate to Canada

Reason: The swell of interest in permanent residency is occurring amid a welcoming policy environment for international students wanting to immigrate to Canada. In 2016, while explaining new legislation that makes it easier for international students to apply under Canada’s Express Entry immigration system.


Six in ten survey respondents indicated their plans to pursue permanent residency in Canada after their studies, and seven in ten intended to stay and work in the country following graduation. Just three years ago, half of international students in Canada wanted to gain permanent residency in Canada at some point in the future. That proportion has since jumped to six in ten.


70% intend to seek work in Canada post-graduation

Work permanently in Canada(PR) 49%
Work for 3 years and return home 21%
Look for work in my home country immediately 9%


Survey respondents’ employment plans following current programme of study. Source: CBIE

Nearly half of respondents (43%) were employed – that is, working during their studies – at the time they completed the CBIE survey. Those students who didn’t had a job said their main challenges were not having enough work experience (52%), not being able to find appropriate jobs to apply to (37%), and simply not having time to work during their studies (33%).

Safe housing, but some concerns about affordability

Housing is one of the largest costs an international student in Canada will incur. In many housing markets during the past few years both affordability and accessibility have decreased. While virtually all (97%) international students surveyed felt safe in their housing, significant numbers had affordability concerns regarding accommodation. Roughly 8 in 10 (79%) were either “somewhat” (42%) or “very” (37%) concerned about their ability to pay for their accommodation, with concerns rising among students studying in Canada’s larger cities. In addition, close to half (48%) experienced problems securing accommodation prior to arriving in Canada.

Competing destinations

  • The CBIE report shows that Canada’s main direct competitor is the US but as you know of the policy change for immigrants and work visa, that will no more be a concern. In 2017, 494,525 international students studied in Canada, a 20% increase over the previous year. Of the 29% of students who had applied to study in another country before choosing Canada, 54% had applied to the US.
  • Significantly fewer had applied to the UK 22%
  • Australia 15%
  • Germany 10% before Canada, and
  • only 4% had applied to China

The point we are trying to make is Canada is at the peak of immigration friendliness, you won’t get any other country more welcoming than Canada. We are sure that you must have made a decision after reading such an articulate post, Now all you have to do is visit and get ready for your trip to your dream destination and make a bright future with the help of GKworks where knowledge matters!

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