'We have very different needs': Thunder Bay, Ont., wants a say in granting of international study permits

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Post-secondary schools and councillors in Thunder Bay, Ont., want more consultation with the federal government over the new two-year cap on study permits for international students, while students say those already studying in Canada need more support to set them up for success.

“Our service industry between the hotels, the restaurants, retail — they rely heavily on foreign students, and same with health care,” said Coun. Kristen Oliver, who’s on the city’s intergovernmental affairs committee. “For us to be excluded from the conversations and for the sectors to be excluded from the conversation, that needs to change.”

The new cap, part of Ottawa’s strategy to ease the housing crisis, was announced last

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