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Categories eligible for domestic fees

Under the regulations of the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, a student is eligible for domestic tuition rate if they are:

  • A citizen of Canada within the meaning of the Citizenship Act or a person registered as an Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act.
  • A person who is the legal dependent of a Canadian citizen. Dependents are defined as:
    • a spouse
    • a common law partner
    • a dependent child* or the dependent child of a spouse or common law partner
    • a dependent child of the dependent child referred to above

      *A dependent child is a child who is a biological child who has not been adopted by a person other than the spouse or common-law partner, or an adopted child; and who is in one of the following situations of dependency:
      • Under age 22 and not a spouse or common-law partner.
      • Enrolled continuously at a college, university or other educational institution and dependent substantially on the financial support of the parent since before age 22 or since becoming a spouse.
  • A person who has been granted permanent resident status in Canada within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • A person who is the legal dependent of a permanent resident. Please see the definition of dependent above.
  • Students or their parents or spouse who are permanent resident applicants are eligible for domestic fees only if they have received communication addressed to the primary applicant from Citizenship and Immigration Canada which has one of the statements below. Please note: Only letters with one of these exact statements can be accepted:

"It has been determined that you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent resident status as someone who is in the live in caregivers in Canada class, or as someone who is the spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or as someone who is a Protected Person."

-or-

"We have completed the initial assessment of your application and expect to finalize your application without a personal interview."

-or-

"This refers to your application for permanent residence in Canada, Your interview has been waived."

-or-

"This refers to your application for permanent residence within Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds."

-or-

"The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism issued instructions which were published in the Canada Gazette on November 5, 2011. These instructions specify that applications from international students who are currently enrolled in a PhD program, or foreign nationals who have completed a PhD program, in a recognized educational institution located in Canada and that are accompanied by the results of the principal applicant’s English or French language proficiency assessment are eligible to be processed in the Federal Skilled Worker class. 

Based on a review of the information you have provided, your application has received a positive final determination of eligibility for processing on the basis of your enrolment in, or completion of, a PhD program as specified in the Instructions issued by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and published in the Canada Gazette on November 5, 2011."

  • A person who is the legal dependent of an applicant for permanent resident. Please see the definition of dependent above.
  • A person who is admitted to and remaining in Canada, with official accreditation from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, who has entered Canada or is in Canada to carry out official duties as:
    • A diplomatic or consular officer; or as a Canadian government-accredited representative or official of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies, of any intergovernmental organizations of which Canada is a member; or as a dependent (please see the definition of dependent above).
    • A member of the staff of any such diplomat, consular officer, representative or official accredited to Canada by the Canadian government.
    • A member of a foreign military force or of a civilian component thereof admitted to Canada under the Visiting Forces Act or any dependents of such personnel (please see above for definition of dependent).

Please note: If a student has been exempt under this category, and their exemption status changes during the course of their program by circumstances beyond their control (for example the dependent of a diplomat whose parent is assigned to another country), the student continues to be exempt from the payment of international student tuition until the completion of the program of study that they are registered in. Contact the Registrar’s office, or the Office of Graduate Studies if you are a graduate student, regarding official documentation required.

  • A person and his/her dependents (please see definition of dependent above) who is authorized to work in Canada and has been issued a work permit by the federal government. The following groups are excluded from this category. If you, your parent or your spouse holds a work permit for one of the following reasons, you are not eligible for domestic fees:
    • A visitor who is a graduate teaching assistant.
    • An international student holding a work permit to complete his/her co-op, internship or medical residency employment.
    • An international student holding an open work permit for post-graduate work (usually for up to three years of work opportunities upon graduation).
    • An international student whose spouse or common-law partner has received a work permit as a result of the international student holding a valid study permit.
    • An international student holding an Off-Campus Work Permit.
  • A person and his/her dependents (please see above for the definition of dependent), who is officially recognized and documented by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to be a Protected Person or a Convention Refugee.
  • A person and his/her dependents (please see above for the definition of dependent), who is a refugee claimant in Canada, only if the claim for refugee status was made to the federal government before January 1, 1989.

International tuition rate

As the result of a policy decision made by the government of Ontario, all non-exempt international students are subject to the international tuition rate.

All changes or corrections to your tuition rate on your UOIT record must be done before the deadline dates. Any changes or corrections made after these dates will only be applicable to the next term or session and will not be retroactive to any previous term or session.