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St. Clair College does not expect any layoffs or service cuts following the reduction of Canada’s study permits for international students.
The school also has no plans to raise local tuition fees any time soon.
Ron Seguin, vice president of international relations, said they are on track for $40 million in revenue for the 2025-2026 fiscal year. The pre-registration, which was completed by January 2022, will continue for the next academic year as well, he added.
“We think we can go on [as is]. If we have to move to a balance model, protect the reserves we have.”
“Students, understandably, are now dealing with inflation, high costs and everything else … the last thing they need is a tuition increase. But we’re putting money aside and we’re in a crisis We don’t meet. Two or three years ago. It seems, I don’t know.”
Ottawa announced last week that it would limit the number of student permits. It worries about the impact on the housing market, which has a growing number of international students. About 360,000 undergraduate work visas will be approved this year — a 35 percent drop from 2023, according to federal data.
In 2023, St. Clair College had approximately 5,300 international students. A dramatic 52 percent increase over last year. By comparison, the school said last year it had about 7,000 local students — a 2.1 percent increase over 2022.
“What’s unknown is that he made it clear that this is a two-year freeze. So we don’t know what the discussions will look like a year after that freeze,” Seguin said.
“But in all fairness [immigration] minister [Marc] Miller, he had to do something. “He had to make a decision, control the system a little.”
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Seguin said the school believes 50 percent fewer international students will be allowed at St. Clair in the second year of the temporary cap.
International enrollment in St. Clair’s public college system is four percent, he said, with students from 88 different countries — mostly from Southeast Asia and India.
“If you look at the Indian market, they’re typically young people who want to come to Canada, study and stay as permanent residents. So, at least in the next two years, that’s going to take away.”
According to Seguin, the loss of international tuition dollars will affect the pace of infrastructural activities on campus, but they are ready to bridge the gap financially.
He said the college has put money into operational reserves to prevent a crisis if something like this were to happen.
“I’ve been at St. Clair for 24 years, and 20 of those years we’ve worked hard to overcome in the last four or five years. We have a significant surplus. That level will end, but with our reserves. aside. push … we can sit here and say we’re not going to go through layoffs.”
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Seguin said that since international recruitment will become less important for the school in the next few years, the focus will be on attracting local students, particularly from the Toronto area.
“We have about 1,000 students that come from outside that catchment. So we have to grow in that area. If we can get 1,300 to 1,500 students from outside of our area to come and study, we’re going to go back to their neighborhoods. It’s going to be really valuable.”
“Frankly, they’re not happy right now with international recruiting through agents and contractors. They see a significant reduction in opportunities in Canada. History tells us that they’re going to start lobbying in other countries. Australia, the United States such as.”
Chaos for students, says college advocacy group
Ontario Colleges Call Student Visa Restrictions “The Right Approach” That Doesn’t Consider The Province’s Talent Needs.
A statement released by Ontario’s 24-province advocacy group said the decline in international students is “disappointing” thousands of people.
“We are deeply concerned that attacks on a highly effective, efficient public college system will have long-term negative consequences for our reputation,” it said.
“The federal government’s changes are wreaking havoc on students right now.”
The advocacy group said Ottawa public colleges do not recognize year-round enrollments of students that are “tailor-made to meet the needs of an employer.”
“This means that students who are ready to start programs in May for key sectors of the Ontario economy are already in the application process.”