Designated Learning Institution

Study Visitor to Student

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. 

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.
British Columbia Designated Learning Institution List
Designated learning institution number (DLI #)Name of institutionCity
O19394940254ARV Canada CollegeRichmond
O123960086627Academy of Excellence Hair Design & Aesthetics Ltd.Victoria
O212477056057Academy of Learning College – AbbotsfordAbbotsford, Langley
O212477063807Academy of Learning College – LangleyLangley
O19395300024Academy of Learning College – VictoriaKamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Victoria
O110096211204Academy of Learning College – RichmondRichmond
O19361063652Academy of Learning College – SurreySurrey
O19376530942Academy of Learning College – Vancouver – BroadwayVancouver
O110735702489Acadia CollegeLangley
O19278931852Acsenda School of ManagementVancouver
O19394452198Adler UniversityVancouver
O112543961007Advantage English School E/JWhistler
O246351578557Ajna Yoga Teacher TrainingVictoria
O19347185182Alexander CollegeBurnaby, Vancouver
O19394940220All Body Laser Corp. Training InstitutePort Coquitlam
O19219834012Arbutus College of Communication Arts, Business & TechnologyVancouver
O19219876582Ashton CollegeVancouver
O19394940276Automotive Training CentreSurrey
O19273931872BC College of OpticsSurrey
O19257719332Blanche Macdonald CentreVancouver
O19394940288Blue Bird Flight AcademyChilliwack
O116475837152Body Glamour Institute of Beauty by AnitaNorth Vancouver
O19219916952Boucher Institute of Naturopathic MedicineNew Westminster
O19257044542Brighton CollegeBurnaby
O19330128542British Columbia Institute of TechnologyBurnaby, North Vancouver, Richmond, Vancouver
O19240092592CG Masters School of 3D Animation and Visual EffectsNew Westminster
O249677787727CSIC e-AcademyBurnaby
O19219937972Camber CollegePowell River
O19283903592Cambria CollegeVictoria
O19394940342Cambridge CollegeBurnaby
O19361235542Camosun CollegeVictoria
O116342294647Can-Quest ESL AcademyNorth Vancouver
O140788898652Canada College VancouverVancouver
O142484375262Canada International Royal Arts CollegeRichmond, Vancouver
O110027361097Canadian Aviation CollegePitt Meadows
O19394940354Canadian Baptist SeminaryLangley
O19352621432Canadian CollegeVancouver
O19352470312Canadian College of English LanguageVancouver
O110684673294Canadian College of Performing ArtsVictoria
O19283908462Canadian College of Shiatsu TherapyNorth Vancouver, Vancouver
O134304821852Canadian College of Technology and BusinessDelta
O19240322772Canadian Film and Television InstituteRichmond
O110207076237Canadian Flight Centre (CFC)Delta, Kamloops
O19331168352Canadian Health Care AcademyNew Westminster
O19376505602Canadian National Institute of BusinessCoquitlam
O19584795462Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (Vancouver)Vancouver
O116149580707Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Vancouver IslandNanaimo, Victoria
O19395300110Canadian Sports Business AcademyWhistler
O19301323922Canadian Tourism CollegeSurrey, Vancouver
O19280078102Capilano UniversityNorth Vancouver, Sechelt
O19283932632Capital CollegeRichmond
O254785080177Career City CollegeKelowna
O19394940388Carey Theological CollegeVancouver
O19220052602Central CollegeNew Westminster
O19283900882Centre for Arts and TechnologyKelowna, Surrey
O19395300152Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC)Vancouver
O19280114462Chinook HelicoptersAbbotsford
O19361040422City University of SeattleLangford, Vancouver
O19371018112Clearmind International Institute Inc.Langley, Vancouver
O19394940242Cloud Nine College LtdVancouver
O110095977911Coast Mountain CollegeHazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Masset (Haida Gwaii), Queen Charlotte, Smithers, Terrace
O142195159782Coastal College of British ColumbiaNew Westminster
O19377035282Coastal Pacific AviationAbbotsford
O116475837179CodeCoreVancouver
O19832975987Collège Éducacentre CollegePrince George, Vancouver, Victoria
O19360977332College of New CaledoniaBurns Lake, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Mackenzie, Prince George, Quesnel, Vanderhoof, Valemount
O19377233362College of the RockiesCranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley
O19394940898Columbia Bible CollegeAbbotsford
O19279591302Columbia CollegeVancouver
O19244321962Coquitlam CollegeCoquitlam
O19274576342Cornerstone International Community College of CanadaRichmond, Vancouver
O19280180922Corpus Christi CollegeVancouver
O19275297052Create Career CollegeBurnaby, Vancouver
O143703092532DEA Canadian CollegeNorth Vancouver
O19351714242Discovery Community CollegeCampbell River, Courtenay, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, Parksville, Surrey
O261679968772DiveSafe InternationalCampbell River
O264560001042Diving Dynamics – Home of the Commercial Diving Institute of Canada (CDI)Kelowna
O19330170302Dominion Herbal CollegeBurnaby
O19360973702Douglas CollegeCoquitlam, New Westminster, Surrey
O19394940944Drake Medox CollegeSurrey, Vancouver
O19280217882EC VancouverVancouver
O19314246102EF International Language CampusVancouver, Victoria
O19360978002ELS Language CentersVancouver
O19361202892ESLILangley
O19361259712Emily Carr University of Art and DesignVancouver
O143477803312English Depot Education AcademyRichmond
O19330008162Eton CollegeVancouver
O19394940966Excel Career CollegeVancouver
O19227134842Fairleigh Dickinson University (Vancouver)Vancouver
O256618792847First CollegeKelowna, West Kelowna
O19330446102Focus CollegeKelowna, Surrey
O19396094599Franklin English Language CollegeVancouver
O19239078442Fraser International CollegeBurnaby
O19361015442GEOS Languages PlusVancouver, Victoria
O19238785512Gastown Business CollegeVancouver
O19279807782Gateway CollegeVancouver
O19347491712Global CollegeVancouver
O19330822902Global Village VancouverVancouver
O19319050762Global Village VictoriaVictoria
O110656686527Goh Ballet AcademyVancouver
O116736261697Granville CollegeVancouver
O19352522932Greystone College of Business and TechnologyVancouver
O19618862812Hanson International AcademyNew Westminster, Vancouver
O19330716802Harbourside Institute of TechnologyNorth Vancouver
O19279689162Heli-College Canada Training Inc.Langley
O132232057367Heritage Community CollegeSurrey
O19395639240IH Career CollegeVancouver
O110957942277ILAC International CollegeVancouver
O19275396842ILSC VancouverVancouver
O19279658882ISS Language and Career College of BCVancouver
O19395639663In Focus Film SchoolVancouver
O19394941064Infofit EducatorsBurnaby, Vancouver
O137690849762Insignia CollegeDelta, Surrey
O19279542632Institute of Technology Development Canada (ITD)Vancouver
O19395639387Interior AcademyKamloops
O19395639399International Flight Centre Inc.Delta
O19279619012International House VancouverVancouver, Whistler
O19283901032International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC)Vancouver
O110265135107Island Coastal Aviation Inc.Pitt Meadows
O19283904182JCI InstituteVancouver
O19394941140Justice Institute of British ColumbiaChilliwack, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Victoria
O19394941182Kaplan International LanguagesVancouver
O124191974237Kelowna College of Professional CounsellingKelowna
O130389245177Keystone College Ltd.Courtenay, Surrey
O19256958102Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health SciencesNelson
O19283913752Kosmetae AcademyAbbotsford
O19395639473Kutenai Art Therapy Institute AssociationNelson
O19350676872Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversityCloverdale, Langley, Richmond, Surrey
O19275426742LaSalle College VancouverKamloops, Vancouver, Victoria
O19319074622Langara CollegeVancouver
O19395299244Langley Flying SchoolLangley
O262347512072Language Arts InstituteBurnaby
O19283928542Language Studies International (LSI)Vancouver
O19274549462Languages Across BordersVancouver
O122551197237Legends AcademyAbbotsford
O110684673337Lighthouse LabsVancouver
O19352116052London SchoolVancouver
O19274961822Lost Boys Studios – School of Visual EffectsVancouver
O263573449582M.C. CollegeKelowna
O19375649052Madlab School of FitnessVancouver
O19314231702Mark Anthony Academy of CosmetologyLangley
O19395299306Mennonite Brethren Biblical SeminaryLangley
O19329963492Metropolitan Community CollegeVancouver
O113462258677MontairPitt Meadows
O19301054682Montessori Training Centre of British ColumbiaVancouver
O19395299350Mountain Transport Institute Ltd. CastlegarCastlegar
O19274696442New Image CollegeVancouver
O19280343742New Link CollegeBurnaby, Richmond
O19280365272New York Institute of TechnologyVancouver
O19395299432Nicola Valley Institute of TechnologyBurnaby, Merritt
O19283933722Nimbus School of Recording & MediaVancouver
O19301182602North Island CollegeCampbell River, Courtenay, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Ucluelet
O142031583162Northeastern UniversityVancouver
O19395299444Northern Lights CollegeDawson Creek
O19330361712Northwest Baptist SeminaryLangley
O19395299466Northwest Culinary Academy of VancouverVancouver
O19394452186OHC VancouverVancouver
O19275179522OIEG Oxford International Education Group/Eurocentres CanadaVancouver
O19395299488Okanagan CollegeKelowna, Oliver, Penticton, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Summerland, Vernon
O138327915822Okanagan Mountain Helicopters FTU Ltd.Kelowna
O247767381127Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy Ltd.Vernon
O19347439002Omni CollegeRichmond
O259056158042Orane International CollegeVictoria
O19394451545Orca InstituteNew Westminster, Vancouver
O138917878102Oscar International CollegeAbbotsford, Surrey, Vancouver
O19329994642Oshio College of Acupuncture and HerbologyVictoria
O19274781992Pacific Coast Community CollegeNew Westminster
O19395639631Pacific DanceArtsVancouver
O19394451567Pacific Design AcademyVictoria
O19274466542Pacific Flying ClubDelta
O19238828022Pacific Institute of Culinary ArtsVancouver
O19394451600Pacific Life Bible CollegeSurrey
O19394451662Pacific Link CollegeVancouver,
Burnaby, Surrey
O116542595727Pacific Rim Aviation Academy Inc.Pitt Meadows
O19304067532Pacific Rim CollegeVictoria
O19394451698Pacific Rim Early Childhood InstituteSaanichton
O19395639737Pearson College UWCVictoria
O246621852107Principal AirChilliwack
O19238920192Professional Flight CentreDelta
O125645169227Q CollegeVancouver, Victoria
O19395639759Quantum AcademyRichmond
O19377267862Quest University CanadaSquamish
O19283912352Regent CollegeVancouver
O19273650972Rhodes Wellness College Ltd.Vancouver
O142586176482Richmond International AcademyRichmond
O142488561162Royal Bridge CollegeCoquitlam
O19361238482Royal Metro CollegeCoquitlam
O19330635812Royal Roads UniversityVictoria
O19330716802SAE InstituteNorth Vancouver
O19394452136SC institute of the ArtsVancouver
O19395639791SELC Career College VancouverVancouver
O19330751052SELC English Language Centre CanadaVancouver
O19394452152Sea Land Air Flight CentreDelta, Richmond
O19360990072Selkirk CollegeCastlegar, Grand Forks, Kaslo Centre, Nakusp, Nelson, Trail
O19329910782Seminary of Christ the KingMission
O19394452174Senniyo Aesthetics International School of Canada Inc.Richmond
O18781994282Simon Fraser University (SFU)Burnaby, Surrey, Vancouver
O19396094731SkyQuest Aviation Ltd.Langley
O19278865162Sprott Shaw CollegeAbbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Osoyoos, Penticton, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria
O19283917732Sprott Shaw Language CollegeSurrey, Vancouver, Victoria
O19352161652St. George International CollegeVancouver
O19395299510St. Giles InternationalVancouver
O144740585612St. Mark’s CollegeVancouver
O19283910772Stenberg CollegeDuncan, Kamloops, Surrey, Vernon
O19279828772Sterling CollegeSurrey, Vancouver
O19330780272Summit Pacific CollegeAbbotsford
O19361007342Tamwood CareersVancouver, Whistler
O19280516442Tamwood Language CentresVancouver, Whistler
O245272133587Taylor Pro TrainingKelowna
O142582255042The Cut Fashion Design AcademyVancouver
O243191415557The Hair Art AcademyLangley, Surrey
O19395639374The Institute of Holistic NutritionVancouver
O19395299578Think Tank Training CentreNorth Vancouver
O19395299610Thompson Rivers UniversityKamloops, Williams Lake
O19361274462Torchbearers Capernwray Canada SocietyThetis Island
O19347055392Trinity Western UniversityLangley, Richmond
O259092443252Tylair Aviation LtdAbbotsford, Kamloops
O19394941076Tzu Chi International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCICTCM)Vancouver
O19283932472Universal Learning InstituteRichmond, Vancouver
O19377235822University Canada WestVancouver
O19330231062University of British Columbia (UBC)Kelowna, Vancouver
O19283889692University of Northern British ColumbiaFort St. John, Prince George, Quesnel, Terrace
O19280533442University of VictoriaVictoria
O19395299642University of the Fraser ValleyAbbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Mission
O19386095472VGC International CollegeVancouver
O19395299852VanWest College (Kelowna)Kelowna
O19283891072VanWest College (Vancouver)Vancouver
O212566030007Vancouver Academy of Dramatic ArtsVancouver
O19280560262Vancouver Academy of MusicVancouver
O19394452136Vancouver Acting SchoolVancouver
O19283928982Vancouver Animation SchoolVancouver
O19275386392Vancouver Art Therapy InstituteVancouver
O19395299664Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc.Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Kelowna, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria
O111991452477Vancouver College of Counsellor TrainingVancouver
O19301369352Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene Inc.New Westminster
O212534420437Vancouver College of Massage TherapyVancouver
O19279717512Vancouver Community CollegeVancouver
O19239015912Vancouver Film SchoolVancouver
O19331363352Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts)Vancouver
O19283898312Vancouver International CollegeVancouver
O264603551792Vancouver Island CollegeNanaimo
O111345278377Vancouver Island School of ArtVictoria
O19395299688Vancouver Island UniversityDuncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Powell River
O19274398652Vancouver Premier College of Arts and ScienceBurnaby
O143533237562Vancouver Premier College of Business and Management LtdVancouver
O19280589592Vancouver Premier College of Hotel ManagementVancouver
O119520583367Vancouver School of Healing ArtsVancouver
O19407411913Vancouver School of TheologyVancouver
O19274398652Victor CollegeVancouver
O19347351442Victoria Academy of BalletVictoria
O246912351437Victoria Academy of the Dramatic ArtsVictoria
O19395299874Victoria College of ArtVictoria
O122562157147Victoria Conservatory of MusicVictoria
O19283898542Victoria Flying ClubVictoria
O19305771772Wales Young InstituteVancouver  
O19395299928West Coast College of Massage TherapyNew Westminster, Victoria
O264573530022West Coast Institute for Studies in AnthroposophySechelt
O19361275312Westcoast Adventure College Ltd.Sooke
O19396094295Western Community CollegeAbbotsford, Surrey
O19395299940Western Maritime InstituteLadysmith, Steveston
O19273949312Whistler Adventure SchoolWhistler
O246050646187Windsong College of Healing ArtsPort Alberni
O19280640022Winston CollegeNew Westminster
O129034707957Yorkville University  Vancouver
O19274183992iTTTi VancouverVancouver
O19279564092inlingua Vancouver dba INVO Career CollegeVancouver
O19350928592inlingua Victoria College of LanguagesVictoria
Please find the rest of DLI list on IRCC:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/prepare/designated-learning-institutions-list.html

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