Study in Canada at a Public or Private School?

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Do you want to study in Canada? Are you someone who is considering whether or not private schools are better than public schools? Before moving to Canada, many families want to know more about the differences and similarities between private and public schools.


As international students are a key part of Canada’s strategy to attract economic immigrants. Under the Express Entry selection program, those who have studied or worked in Canada are likely to receive more points than those who haven’t.


In this article, we’ve outlined several of the differences and similarities between public and private schools in Canada.


Private School in Canada



Public School in Canada



The starting point for any international student to be able to study in Canada is to obtain a study permit.

As of June 01, 2014, Canadian schools were required to obtain certification as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).

Almost ALL schools in Canada have been able to be registered as a DLI for immigration purposes.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provides a system for determining whether your chosen school is a DLI such that you will be eligible for a study permit.

Many students assume that if they are studying at a DLI that has been recognized by IRCC, that they will also qualify for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). But that is not the case.


To be eligible for a PGWP you must be taking a program of study at a public college or university or at a private school that is able to grant certificates, diplomas or degrees in accordance with provincial legislation.

There are many, many private schools that do not fit this description.

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