Dear ISC community,

International Student Connect (ISC) is a bilingual pilot project funded by the Provincial Government that provides settlement support to international students pursuing a post-secondary education in Ontario. The goal is to help international students and their families integrate successfully should they choose to settle in Ontario after graduation.

ISC project would like to introduce the first edition of the ISC Newsletter. We intend to make it a quarterly publication and use it for keeping our community engaged and connected with news and updates related to the project.

Below we share some insights of the great work that all of you have done since the inception of ISC in 2014. 

High demand topics


Let's Connect and One-On-One sessions provide information on 18 settlement topics identified in the bilingual needs assessment conducted across the province.

Topics listed below were identified as the most popular among international students in 2018:
  • Immigration Pathways
  • Housing Options for Students
  • About Canada and Ontario
  • Canadian Workplace Culture
  • Labour Market and Employment
  • Living in Canada After Graduation
  • Building Social and Professional Networks

Have you watched our webinars?

We have over 20 free recorded webinars on various topics of interest for international students available at the ISC website.
They are a great resource of information for you and for any international student in Ontario. Take a look at them here and feel free to share them at your next Let’s Connect or One-On-One session.

What's new?

Biometrics Expansion

Canada is expanding its biometrics collection program. As of December 31, 2018 nationals from countries in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas must give their fingerprints and submit photos (biometrics) when applying for a Canadian visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence.

This same rule came into effect for applicants from countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on July 31, 2018 and for temporary resident applicants from 29 countries and 1 territory in 2013.

For more information, please click here.

Canada has made cannabis legally available to adults under a strict framework. Tough new penalties will be imposed on those who commit cannabis-related crimes or drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis.

These offences are now considered serious crimes in Canada, which means they will have a serious impact on immigration and a person’s permanent or temporary resident status in Canada.

If you commit an impaired driving or a cannabis-related crime, you could face a fine, criminal charges or jail. However, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may also find you inadmissible to Canada for serious criminality. It doesn’t matter if the crime happened inside or outside Canada.

This means:

  • permanent residents may lose their status and have to leave the country
  • temporary residents (including visitors, international students and foreign workers) may not be able to enter or stay in Canada
  • refugee claimants may not be eligible to have their claim referred for a refugee hearing

Appeal rights for permanent residents and foreign nationals, including sponsored members of the family class, could also be affected.

To learn more, please click here.

CBIE: International Students in Canada Report 2018

According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), in 2017 there were 494,525 international students in Canada at all levels of study.
75% were pursuing post-secondary studies, of which 57% were studying in a university program, 41% were studying in a college program and 2% in CEGEP.
The provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec hosted the largest number of international students across Canada.
237,280 (48%) international students enrolled in Ontario, 119,110 (24%) enrolled in British Columbia, and 61,565 (12%) enrolled in Quebec.
Read the full CBIE report by clicking here.

We want to hear from you!

Your feedback is important to us. Send us an email to and let us know what information you would like to receive in the next ISC Newsletter.
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COSTI Immigrant Services
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Toronto, ON
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