Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) In Canada

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada

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Last updated Apr 4, 2021

DLIs is a term that an international student is bound to hear on the expedition of their study abroad phase. A lot of people will talk about it in front of you. And I don’t want you to sound alien or not know about this term. So, today I have decided to break it down for students who wish to study in Canada. 

Canada is a beautiful country with the longest coastline in the world. There are plenty of reasons to study in Canada and DLIs are one of them.

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What is a DLI?

A designated learning institution is a college or university that has been granted permission by a provincial or territorial government to accept foreign students. 

Students pursuing undergraduate or master’s degrees must obtain a Study Permit. Candidates must obtain an approval letter from a recognised learning organisation in order to obtain a Study Permit. 

A DLI number is assigned to Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada. In order to receive a Research Permit, candidates submitting under the Student Direct Stream (SDS) programme must first obtain an approval letter from a designated learning institute.

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada or education providers who have been designated by their territorial or regional government as providing a Covid-19 preparation plan in effect. Except for Nunavut, the government of Canada has released a list of 1,548 DLIs in all of Canada’s provinces. Each of these organisations is carefully selected for inclusion on the list only after their proposal has been accepted.

Read on to find the list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada. But first, let’s see the conditions for studying in Canada in 2021-22.

Conditions for Studying in Canada in the Course of Covid-19 in 2021-22

Why should students research in Canada while most countries have taken a step back to invite new foreign students in the pandemic? The following are the actions taken by the government to ensure that international students reach Canada safely:

  • The Canadian government requires students to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.
  • The government also launched an app called ArriveCan, which allows it to maintain records of all visitors. Students must then have all required data, including contact information and self-assessments during quarantine, through the app after arrival.
  • Passengers must pass a pre-boarding health inspection administered by the airline. 
  • Students coming to Canada must demonstrate their fitness for health insurance benefits. They must receive private insurance (including Covid-19 coverage) before arrival in Canada if they are not insured.
  • Anyone who violates quarantine laws faces a fee of up to CAD 750,000 or a six-month prison term.

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada: Catalogue

The specified learning institutions with accepted Covid-19 readiness plans for international students are mentioned below. 

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada | Saskatchewan  

NameLocation
University of Regina including Luther College and Campion College First Nations University of CanadaRegina
Cumberland CollegeMelfort
Parkland Regional CollegeCanora
Great Plains CollegeSwift Current
North-West CollegeNorth Battleford
Southeast CollegeWhitewood
Saskatchewan PolytechnicSaskatoon
University of Saskatchewan including St Thomas More CollegeSaskatoon
Briercrest College and SeminaryCaronport

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada | Quebec

NameLocation
Université de MontréalMontréal 
McGill UniversityMontréal 
École Polytechnique de MontréalMontréal 
Concordia UniversityMontréal
Collège technique de Montréal incMontréal
Cégep MontmorencyLaval
Collège DawsonWestmount
Collège CentennaleMontréal
Cégep Marie-VictorinMontréal
Collège HéritageGatineau
Collège Notre-DameMontréal
Collégial international Sainte-AnneMontréal
École Montessori International Blainville incBlainville
École de management INSAMontréal
Université du QuébecQuebec City

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Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) | Alberta

Name of the DLILocation
Alberta University of the ArtsCalgary
Canadian Imperial CollegeEdmonton
Burman UniversityLacombe
Ambrose UniversityCalgary
CDI College of Business, Technology and Health CareAlberta
Canford Institute of TechnologyEdmonton
Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and CollegeCochrane
Columbia CollegeCalgary
Centennial Flight Centre, Inc.Villeneuve Airport
Lethbridge CollegeLethbridge
Concordia University of EdmontonEdmonton
Lakeland CollegeLloydminster and Vermilion
Southern Alberta Institute of TechnologyCalgary
Northern Alberta Institute of TechnologyEdmonton
St. Stephen’s College (U of Alberta Campus)Edmonton
St. Mary’s UniversityCalgary
University of AlbertaEdmonton
The King’s UniversityEdmonton
University of LethbridgeLethbridge
University of CalgaryCalgary

Top Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada | British Columbia    

NameLocation
Fraser International CollegeBurnaby
British Columbia Institute of TechnologyBurnaby
Acsenda School of ManagementVancouver
Columbia CollegeVancouver
Douglas CollegeNew Westminster
Greystone College of Business and TechnologyVancouver
Gastown Business CollegeVancouver
Thompson Rivers UniversityKamloops
Northeastern UniversityVancouver
Simon Fraser UniversityBurnaby
University of British ColumbiaVancouver
Trinity Western UniversityLangley Township
University of VictoriaVictoria
University of Northern British ColumbiaPrince George
University of the Fraser ValleyAbbotsford

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada | Manitoba 

NameLocation
Assiniboine Community CollegeBrandon
Heartland International English SchoolWinnipeg
Brandon UniversityBrandon
Booth University CollegeWinnipeg
International College of ManitobaWinnipeg
Harv’s Air ServiceWinnipeg
Canadian Mennonite UniversityWinnipeg
Herzing CollegeWinnipeg
Red River CollegeWinnipeg
Manitoba Institute of Trades and TechnologyWinnipeg
Providence University College and Theological SeminaryOtterburne
Royal Winnipeg Ballet SchoolWinnipeg
Robertson CollegeWinnipeg
University of ManitobaWinnipeg
Université de Saint-BonifaceWinnipeg
University of WinnipegWinnipeg

DLIs in Nova Scotia

NameLocation
Acadia UniversityWolfville
Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’s
College of the North AtlanticNewfoundland and Labrador
Western Regional School of NursingCorner Brook
Academy of Learning Career CollegeHalifax
Apex Language and Career CollegeHalifax
Acadia University: English Language CentreWolfville
Cape Breton UniversitySydney
Atlantic School of TheologyHalifax Regional Municipality
Canadian Language Learning College – CLLC Halifax
Dalhousie University ESL ProgramsHalifax
Dalhousie UniversityHalifax Regional Municipality
Eurocentres Language and Educational Centres Atlantic CanadaLunenburg
East Coast Language CollegeHalifax
Eastern CollegeHalifax
International Language InstituteHalifax
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD)Halifax
ICEAP Nova Scotia IncGlace Bay
Halifax Language Institute of CanadaHalifax
Mount Saint Vincent UniversityHalifax
Nova Scotia Community CollegeHalifax
Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood EducationHalifax
The Language Centre at Saint Mary’s UniversityHalifax
Saint Mary’s UniversityHalifax
St. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonish
University of King’s CollegeHalifax
Université Sainte-AnnePointe-de-l’Église

DLIs in Ontario

NameLocation
Centennial CollegeToronto
Humber CollegeToronto
Georgian CollegeBarrie
L’Université de HearstHearst
Huron University CollegeLondon
George Brown CollegeToronto
ILAC International CollegeToronto
King’s University CollegeLondon
Queen’s UniversityKingston
Lakehead UniversityThunder Bay
McMaster UniversityHamilton
Tamwood International CollegeToronto
Ryerson UniversityToronto
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario Tech University)Oshawa
Trent UniversityPeterborough
University of GuelphGuelph
University of TorontoToronto
University of OttawaOttawa
University of Western OntarioLondon
University of WaterlooWaterloo
Wilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterloo
University of WindsorWindsor
York UniversityToronto

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada | Prince Edward Island

NameLocation
Collège de l’ÎleWellington
Moonlight International AcademyLittle Sands
Holland CollegeCharlottetown
University of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetown
Study Abroad Canada Language InstituteCharlottetown

Note: That list here is subject to change due to the addition of more DLIs from time to time.

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