Quebec universities oppose suggestion to cap student visas

Quebec university administrators, professors and students are rejecting an idea by the federal housing minister that Canada could cap the number of international study permits it issues as a way to ease the country’s housing shortage, writes Jacob Serebrin for The Canadian Press.

They say limiting the number of international students would do little to address the housing crunch and would instead hurt university research and deprive Quebec of skilled immigrants. Daniel Jutras, the rector of Université de Montréal, says Canada’s housing crisis is not the result of the rise in international students coming to the country. “The [housing] problem is real, the problem is serious, but it’s a problem that’s been developing over the past two decades as a result of structural issues that I think are not related directly to the influx of international students,” Jutras said.

On Monday 21 August, federal Housing Minister Sean Fraser suggested that capping the explosive growth in the number of international students recruited to Canada in recent years was an option to reduce demand for housing. More than 540,000 new international study permits were issued by the federal government in 2022, up 24% from 2021.
Full report on the Montreal Gazette site