Strengthening standards for international education (

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International education actions strengthen quality standards, student protection

B.C.’s changes will bring greater accountability and stronger protections for international students.

  • The Province is implementing a two-year moratorium, until February 2026, on new Education Quality Assurance designations, effective immediately. New institutions will not have access to the federal Designated Learning Institutions list to recruit international students until the moratorium ends. Current institutions may renew their designation during this period.
  • New rules for public post-secondary institutions will set expectations for maximum international student enrolment levels, tuition transparency and student supports. Public institutions will also develop and implement international education strategic plans that guide the institution’s activities, manage its enrolment level within the target, and plan support services to meet the needs of students. 
  • Changes to criteria governing private degree-granting institutions include a stronger evaluation process for new degree proposals at existing institutions and higher standards for new degree programs, including whether the new program is needed in the province. Requirements for improved organizational standards include institutional capacity in relation to enrolment plans, governance and administration, facilities, faculty and staff, diversity and anti-racism requirements, and additional student supports such as housing.
  • Policy changes to strengthen oversight of private training institutions include increasing inspections, strengthening, and publishing compliance and enforcement actions, setting minimum language requirements, and setting higher standards for distance delivery.