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Designated Learning Institutions

In order to apply for a Canadian study permit, you have to first obtain a letter of acceptance to a study program at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). A DLI is a school authorized by a province or a territory to offer education to international students. If you want to come to Canada as an international student, before you apply to a program of study first ensure that the school is on the list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs). Please note that all primary and secondary schools in Canada are DLIs.  

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If you would like the option to stay and work in Canada after completing your study program, you should be aware that not every program offered by every DLI makes you eligible for immigration options following graduation. Refer to our resources on Student Pathways to Permanent Residence and Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP) for more information.

Designated Learning Institution Number

Any post-secondary school authorized to host international students will have a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), uses the DLI number to ensure that study permits are only issued to international students attending designated schools. Before applying to a school, consult the list below to find the DLI number of your institution. Simply select your province from the list and search for the name of your school. Please note that schools with multiple locations, campuses, or smaller colleges, may have a different DLI number for the separate locations.

Non DLI Schools

If a school is not designated by its provincial or territorial authority as a DLI, then it is not eligible to host international students. If a study permit application is submitted for a non-DLI school, then this study permit will be refused. If a DLI loses its designation after a study permit has been issued, the student may continue studying at the institution until the expiration of their study permit, or they may transfer to an alternative DLI.

Primary and Secondary Schools

In Canada, all primary and secondary schools are DLIs. In most provinces, these schools offer education from Grade One to Grade Twelve. When a student graduates from secondary school they receive their high school diploma. If a parent or legal guardian comes to Canada with a permit authorizing either work or study, their minor children will be automatically eligible to attend primary and secondary school without needing to apply for a separate study permit.

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In Canada, it is required by law for all children to attend school. Whether this is a home school, a private school, or a public school. Children start school at age 5 or 6 and continue until at least age 16.

How Canadim Can Help

The Canadim Team is here to help you at any stage of your Canadian study process. Whether you need assistance finding an educational program to suit your career goals, or if you’ve already secured your acceptance letter, one of Canadim’s Educational Counsellors is available to share their expertise in Canadian education and immigration. To find out if you are eligible to study in Canada or to get more information about Canadim’s International Student Program, simply complete our free student assessment and we will contact you shortly!

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