Canada Revised Cost-of-Living Requirement for Study Permits

On December 7, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that, starting January 1, 2024, the cost-of-living financial requirement for new study permit applicants will be increased to CAD 20,635.

  • This threshold will then be adjusted each year when Statistics Canada updates the low-income cut-off (LICO).
    • LICO represents the minimum income necessary to ensure that an individual does not have to spend a greater than average portion of income on necessities.
    • CAD 20,645 represents 75% of LICO.

Applicants must, in addition, have enough to pay for their tuition and travel costs. The cost-of-living requirement for study permit applicants has not changed since the early 2000s, when it was set at CAD 10,000 for a single applicant.

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