Premier Doug Ford says he wants only Ontario students at universities, colleges

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Published April 3, 2024 at 11:49 am

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks as he holds a press conference regarding the Toronto Metropolitan University's new School of Medicine in Brampton., Ont., on Friday, January 27, 2023.Ford says he wants to get rid of international students studying in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denett

Premier Doug Ford says he’d like to see Ontario post-secondary institutions attended only by students from Ontario.

Ford says about 18 per cent of students in the province’s colleges and universities are from foreign countries.

He says he would like to see 100 per cent of students in post-secondary schools come from Ontario.

Post-secondary institutions, especially colleges, in the province turned increasingly to international students after Ford’s government cut tuition by 10 per cent in 2019 and froze it there.

The federal government announced earlier this year it would slash the number of international student permits it would hand out, with Ontario seeing its allotment cut in half.

Many Ontario colleges and universities are now running deficits and a recent $1.3-billion top-up to those schools is about half of what they say they need to become healthy, viable institutions.

The Canadian Press

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