CBC Investigates finds “mismatch” between international recruitment, job market

CBC reporters Mike Crawley and Valerie Ouellet recently investigated the “mismatch” of international student recruitment with job market needs. Crawley and Ouellet present data showing that the majority (27%) of study permits approved or extended from 2018 to 2023 were for students in business. By comparison, only 6% of permits were for students in health sciences, medicine, and biological and biomedical sciences programs and only just over 1% were in trades and vocational training programs. Toronto Metropolitan University Associate Professor Rupa Banerjee told CBC that these numbers show that international student recruitment has not been aligned with Canada’s demand for skilled workers, resulting in students being used as expendable temporary foreign workers.