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:

  • Students at a primary or secondary institution. These schools are all automatically designated, and no DLI number is provided.
  • A family member of a foreign national whose application for a work permit or a study permit is approved in writing before the foreign national enters Canada. In this case, the family member may obtain an open study permit.
  • Some institutions in Quebec are designated by the provincial government, but do not have a unique DLI number.
  • Sometimes, institutions may lose their designated status. Depending on when the status is lost, the international student may be affected.

  • If an individual submits an application for a study permit with a letter of acceptance from an institution that is not a DLI, the study permit application is refused.
  • If an individual submits an application for a study permit with a letter of acceptance from a DLI, but the institution loses its designated status before the study permit can be issued, the student has three options. He or she may:

    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.

  • If an individual receives a study permit for a DLI, and the institution loses its designated status after the study permit is issued, the student has two options. He or she may:
    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.

    Alberta
    British Columbia
    Manitoba
    New Brunswick
    Newfoundland
    Northwest Territories
    Nova Scotia
    Ontario
    Quebec
    Prince Edward Island
    Saskatchewan
    Yukon