List of Top SDS Colleges in Canada

In a bid to simplify and expedite the student visa application process, the Canadian High Commission introduced the Study Direct Stream (SDS) on June 9, 2018. This initiative, initially tailored for students from India, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, has opened up a plethora of options for those aspiring to study abroad, particularly in Canada. The SDS program, in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Canadian Visa Office in India, has streamlined the application process and is supported by Scotia Bank, a prominent education loan provider in Canada for Indian students.

Key Features of SDS:

  • Expanded Reach: Unlike its predecessor, the Student Partnership Program (SPP), SDS includes all colleges and universities with a registered Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number. This expansion means a significantly larger number of seats are available, providing students with a broader range of choices.
  • Financial Support: Qualified students under SDS are eligible for a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) amounting to $10,000. This financial support covers one year of living expenses and is a significant aid in facilitating the SDS program.
  • Reduced Documentation: SDS aims to simplify the application process by reducing the documentation requirements, making it more accessible for students.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for SDS, students must have taken the IELTS exam within the past two years, with a minimum band score of 6.5 across all modules:

  • Listening: 6.0 or higher
  • Reading: 6.0 or higher
  • Writing: 6.0 or higher
  • Speaking: 6.0 or higher

List of Top SDS Colleges in Canada:


  1. Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning – Oakville
  2. Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology – Toronto
  3. Sault College – Sault Ste. Marie
  4. Northern College – South Porcupine
  5. Niagara College – Welland
  6. Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology – Hamilton
  7. Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology – Belleville
  8. Lawrence College – Kingston
  9. Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology – Sarnia
  10. Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning – Toronto

British Columbia:

  1. Camosun College – Victoria
  2. College of New Caledonia – Prince George
  3. College of the Rockies – Cranbrook
  4. Columbia International College – Vancouver
  5. Douglas College – New Westminster


  1. Bow Valley College – Calgary
  2. Lakeland College – Vermillion
  3. Medicine Hat College – Alberta
  4. Norquest College – Edmonton
  5. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology – Edmonton


  1. Assiniboine Community College – Manitoba
  2. Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology – Winnipeg
  3. Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology – Winnipeg


  1. Parkland College – Saskatchewan


The introduction of SDS in Canada is a boon for Indian students aspiring to pursue their education abroad. With its streamlined application process, financial support, and an extensive list of participating institutions, SDS opens up new avenues for students to explore and achieve their academic goals in Canada. Aspiring students should seize this opportunity to embark on a rewarding educational journey in one of the world’s most welcoming and diverse countries.

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