Designated Learning Institutes: Canada

Before applying for any schools (Colleges or Universities) in Canada, look if those schools are listed under designated learning institutes (DLIs). A Designated Learning Institute is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students. All primary and secondary schools in Canada are designated learning institutes. However, not all post-secondary Colleges or Universities in Canada are DLIs. It would be best to look for post-secondary schools province or territory wise directly from the Canada government site if listed under the designated learning institutions list.

Suppose the school status you have enrolled at loses its designated learning institute status after receiving your study permit. In that case, you can continue studying at the same institute until your current study permit expires, but renew your study permit if you enroll at another designated learning institution.

Post Graduation Work Permit

Not all designated learning institutions make you eligible for the post-graduate work permit (PGWP) program; you need to know which DLI’s make you eligible for PGWP.

How do you find if your institute is listed as a designated learning institute?

Go to the Canada government website and choose the province where your institute is located. Type your institute name in the filter items and find the DLI number.

Due to COVID-19, only some DLIs are open to international students. DLIs who have COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the respective province are reopened to international students who are currently from outside Canada. Suppose you plan to come after October 20, 2020, from India to Canada as an international student. In that case, you need to make sure that your DLI number is mentioned on the list of DLIs approved COVID-19 readiness plans before you travel to Canada. It is important to check the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans before applying for any institute (Colleges or Universities) in Canada.

This change doesn’t affect study permit holders already in Canada.



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