Designated Learning Institution List
In most cases, prospective international students who wish to study at a Canadian post-secondary institution need to provide a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution when applying for a Canadian study permit.
Applicants must provide the Designated Learning Institution number (DLI #) for their school of choice. The DLI number is the number that begins with the letter “O” on the study permit application form. For a list of DLIs by province, click here.
In certain cases, students may be exempt from providing a letter from a DLI, or from providing a DLI number in their application. These cases may include, but are not limited to:
Sometimes, institutions may lose their designated status. Depending on when the status is lost, the international student may be affected.
Withdraw the application;
Submit a letter of acceptance from a different DLI;
Do nothing, in which case the application will be processed according to the information provided. The application will therefore be refused.
Transfer to another DLI;
Continue studying at the non-designated institution until his or her study permit expires. In this case, the study permit may not be renewed for the non-designated institution.
Designated Learning Institutions by Province
Below is a list of Canada’s Designated Learning Institutions. Select the province/territory in which your institution is located to view a complete list of Designated Learning Institutions in the province/territory.
Please note: The list below may be changed at any moment. This information does not reflect the latest updates.
Prince Edward Island