In August, Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Sean Fraser said the government was considering placing a cap on international students to ease pressure off the housing market.

International students have become the latest easy targets being blamed for Canada’s housing crisis. But despite the fingerpointing, the facts show just how reliant Canada is on international students.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Yvonne Su, Soma Chatterjee and Tania Das Gupta from York University and Lilach Marom from Simon Fraser University say rhetoric blaming immigrants for Canada’s problems needs to stop. They outline how international students often suffer a host of abuses when searching for housing, from price gouging to illegally low living standards and sexual harassment.

“Canada has presented itself as a destination of choice for international students for years,” they write. “Canada’s leaders encouraged international students to come here. And Canada’s leaders are now trying to blame them for a crisis that is not their fault.”

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Culture + Society Editor

Blaming international students for Canada’s problems distracts attention away from finding genuine solutions. (Shutterstock)

International students are not to blame for Canada’s housing crisis

Yvonne Su, York University, Canada; Lilach Marom, Simon Fraser University; Soma Chatterjee, York University, Canada; Tania Das Gupta, York University, Canada

International students frequently face challenges finding suitable places to live. Instead of blaming them, the government should be helping them.

Karim Khan, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, speaks at a Parliament Hill news conference during his first official visit to Canada in May 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Canada’s war crimes investigation may not deter Russia, but it matters to Ukrainians

Jamie Levin, St. Francis Xavier University; Kiran Banerjee, Dalhousie University

The war crimes probe signals a new path for Canada that prioritizes international law and corrects past policy failures, while validating the experiences of Ukrainians.

Bill C-22 is designed to fill a significant income security gap that leaves one in four adults with disabilities living below the poverty line. (Shutterstock)

Bill C-22 will provide income security to Canadians with disabilities, but it needs to be done right

Wayne Simpson, University of Manitoba

The federal government needs to ensure the Canada Disability Benefit is designed to help those most in need.

Is there life beyond our world? (Shutterstock)

Discovering the universe from our own backyards

Daniel Fillion, Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

Planetary analogues are sites on Earth that are so extreme that they replicate those of celestial bodies in our solar system.

La Conversation Canada

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Voici comment les pétrolières nous attribuent la responsabilité des changements climatiques

Sarah M. Munoz, Université de Montréal

En faisant porter aux individus la responsabilité de réduire la pollution et les émissions de GES, les industries pétrolières empêchent un changement profond de leurs pratiques de production.



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