Students say SK has insufficient jobs, housing to support potential increase in international students

CBC reporter Pratyush Dayal writes that the federal government’s two-year cap on international students could negatively impact the province’s infrastructure and economic affordability. While the cap could increase the number of international students in Saskatchewan, explains Dayal, there are concerns about whether the province could support them. A report from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation showed low vacancy rates in Saskatoon and Regina and some students commented that they are already living in crowded conditions because of affordability issues. Students also reported that it was difficult to find jobs while in school or after graduation. “If we have growing numbers, I’m afraid we’ll have even more challenges to find a reasonable occupation,” said University of Saskatchewan alumnus Mehdi Ebrahimpour.