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DLI: List of Canadian Designated Learning Institutions

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Learn why applying to a Designated Learning Institution is important for international students, how it affects the study permit and its benefits over the non-DLIs. This blog comprises the importance, benefits and Designated Learning Institution list that students can use to find the DLI number of the college of their interest. 

List-of-Canadian-Designated-Learning-Institutions.webpCanada has become very popular among students who wish to pursue higher studies and give a kick-start to their careers. Canada also houses a large number of international students, which makes a student-friendly environment for Indian students as well. The country provides studying abroad at an affordable cost, along with many post-study work opportunities. However, it is essential to note that Canada hosts two types of educational institutions: Canadian Designated Learning Institutions and non- Designated Learning Institutions. 

This blog comprises all the information related to Designated Learning Institutions and the list of the universities/ colleges that fall under the DLI category. 

What are Designated Learning Institutions?

The Designated Learning Institutions are the educational institutions authorized by that territory or province to host international students. To apply for a study permit, students need to get an acceptance letter from the DLI. Students who wish to study in Canada must ensure that the institution of their interest falls under DLI to obtain their study permit.

There are some instructions that students pursuing post-graduation in Canada must know:

• Students need an acceptance letter from DLI to apply for a study permit.
• Post-graduate work permit eligible institutes can be checked through the Canadian government’s website. Students should be aware if they are qualified to work after graduation, as not every DLI and program makes students eligible for the post-graduation work permit program. 

Why Choose DLI College in Canada?

Choosing a DLI college to study in Canada after 12th is very important, and here are five reasons why international students should choose to attend an approved college in Canada:

High-quality education: Only DLI colleges are approved to host international students, and their certificate is recognized worldwide. These colleges are also known for their academic excellence and teaching methods, which give students the exposure they need to perform well in real-world jobs. 
Work opportunities: Some DLI colleges allow international students to work off campus, which enables students to gain valuable experience and qualify for a post-graduation work permit. The Post Graduate Work Permit further allows students to stay in Canada for employment opportunities after completing their program.
Multicultural environment: Canada has the most diverse cultures and welcomes international students with open arms. Students get to learn all kinds of traditions and languages and make friends with students from all around the world. 

What is the DLI Number in Canada? 

In Canada, every Designated Learning Institution has its own unique DLI number. This DLI number is provided by the Canadian government and consists of six digits starting with the letter “O” followed by a series of numbers.  

How to Find Designated Learning Institutions by Province on Canada’s Official Website?

Students who wish to find the DLI number of their Designated Learning Institution can visit the official website of the Government of Canada and follow these three simple steps:

1. Choose the province/ territory of their institution
2. Add keywords such as the name of the college, city, etc.
3. Find the DLI number of the institution.

Students can then write this DLI number under the section Details of intended study in Canada on the study permit application.

Designated Learning Institution List

Mentioned below is the list of DLI which students can refer to, to find the DLI number of their education institution. For example, students who wish to search the DLI for universities in British Columbia they can search it in DLI approved colleges in British Columbia list.

DLI Approved Colleges in Alberta

Name of institutionDesignated Learning Institution number City
Bow Valley College019273769422Calgary
Concordia University of Edmonton019073475522Edmonton
Lakeland College018777577472Lloydminster
MacEwan University019092022262Edmonton
Medicine Hat College018795445892Brooks
NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology)018713200642Edmonton
University of Alberta019257171832Edmonton

DLI approved colleges in British Columbia

Name of institutionDesignated Learning Institution number City
British Columbia Institute of Technology019330128542Burnaby, North Vancouver, Richmond, Vancouver
Camosun College019361235542Victoria
Capilano University019280078102North Vancouver, Sechelt
Coast Mountain College0110095977911Prince Rupert, Smithers, Terrace
College of New Caledonia019360977332Prince George
College of the Rockies019377233362Cranbrook, Invermere
Columbia College019279591302Vancouver
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Vancouver)019227134842Vancouver
Justice Institute of British Columbia019394941140New Westminster

DLI approved colleges in Manitoba

Name of institutionDesignated Learning Institution number City
Assiniboine Community College019201282282Brandon
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology019391828428Winnipeg
Red River College Polytechnic019305836302Winnipeg
Robertson College 0123079633257Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg019147986012Winnipeg

DLI approved colleges in Ontario

Name of institutionDesignated Learning Institution number 
Algonquin College019358971022Ottawa
Brock University019394569014St. Catharines
Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology019394699409Sudbury
Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology019395535239Parry Sound
Canadore College at Stanford International College of Business and Technology019395535239Mississauga

DLI approved colleges in Nova Scotia

Name of institutionDesignated Learning Institution number City
Acadia University019391556792Wolfville
Cape Breton University019391556824Sydney
Dalhousie University019209939282Halifax
Mount Saint Vincent University019301947442Halifax

To find the DLI number for a university in a different province territory, students can visit the official website of the Government of Canada and follow the steps mentioned before to find the DLI number of their institution. 


Designated Learning Institution is a wise decision for international students who plan to gain quality education and work experience and eventually settle down with permanent residency in Canada. Getting admission to DLI can be hectic and stressful, but students can visit Canam Consultants for expert guidance and study tips during the preparation phase


The Designated Learning Institutions are the educational institutions authorized by that territory or province to host international students.
It is crucial to choose DLI only because students can only apply for a study permit if they have an acceptance letter from the DLI.
Yes, many DLIs in Canada allow students to work part-time on or off campus while studying. However, students do need to meet the required criteria to work in Canada. 
In Case the college students are studying in get de-designated, students can continue their studies from that college till their study permit expires.
If the student wants to change their DLI after their study permit has been approved, they must submit a new study permit application along with a new letter of acceptance. 

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