A recent story by the CBC reveals how heavily schools in Ontario are now relying on international students for the funding they need to operate. From 2010 to 2016, the number of international students studying in Ontario increased by 88.5% while the number of domestic students only increased by 7% in the same period. Total revenue from international students’ tuition more than doubled, going from $620 million to $1.28 billion. At the same time, there has been reduced government funding to universities.
Fun fact: international students provide more than half of the University of Toronto’s $1.3 billion in tuition revenue.