Ontario Canada Requests Halt of International Students to the Province

On April 30, 2021, the Canadian Federal Government announced that they are currently formalizing a request by Ontario Premier Doug Ford to suspend all incoming international students to Ontario.

Currently, international students are exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. In October 2020, the Canadian Government announced that international students would be exempt from Canada’s international travel ban and may enter Canada if:

Therefore, even with the international travel restrictions in place, like the current suspension of flights from India and Pakistan that went into effect on April 22, 2021, Canada still allows international students to enter Canada. However, with the recent surge in variants of COVID-19, the Province of Ontario, is taking a step back.

Ontario is the first Province to request a ban on international students, which includes Indian students and several other COVID-affected countries. Ontario is the worst-hit Province in Canada battling the third wave of COVID-19 variants. At this time, if this ban comes into effect, it will only affect students entering Ontario, not Canada-wide. Ontario has the highest number of international students in Canada, at 46%.

The Canadian government is working towards formalizing the requirements. Students have to wait to obtain more details like when the change will take effect or how long it will last.