Ottawa: Canada’s focus on attracting international students has heavily favored business programs over other sectors such as health care and skilled trades, as revealed by a CBC News analysis of undisclosed federal data. Between 2018 and 2023, business-related programs received the highest share of study permits at 27%, while only 6% were allocated to health sciences, medicine, or biological and biomedical sciences, and a mere 1.25% for trades and vocational training. Notably, study permits for business management, marketing, and related support services surged by fivefold during this period, far outpacing any other field. Conversely, non-business fields experienced an average 1.7-fold increase, with health sciences (2.6 times) and computing/IT (2.4 times) showing the most substantial growth.

(Crux of CBC Report)

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