French-language institutions seek exemption from federal study permit cap, file complaint


The Association of Colleges and Universities of the Canadian Francophonie (ACUFC) has filed a complaint with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages regarding the Government of Canada’s decision to cap international study permits. According to the Canadian Press, ACUFC–which represents 22 French-language postsecondary institutions outside of Québec–has asked for an exemption from the cap, since 30% of their total enrolment typically comes from international students. ACUFC Director Martin Normand called the cap a “flagrant” contradiction with ongoing efforts to increase francophone immigration outside of QC. If the complaint is deemed admissible, the commissioner will reportedly investigate whether the cap violates the Official Languages Act in any way.

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