Compliance reporting

What compliance reporting is

All designated learning institutions (DLIs) at the post-secondary level, with the exception of institutions located in Quebec, must use the DLI portal to complete regular reports on the academic enrolment status of their international students and to submit these reports to us.

Reporting is scheduled for every April and November, starting April 15, 2015. The primary contact at each post-secondary DLI will receive an email notification from us when a report becomes available for completion and submission.

The DLI guide for compliance reporting provides step-by-step instructions on how to complete a reporting request.

Note: It is expected that compliance information regarding the enrolment of foreign students destined to DLIs in the province of Quebec will be provided by the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche. Discussions between the Government of Quebec and IRCC on how this information will be processed and transmitted are underway.

How the information collected through compliance reporting will be used

Information collected through the DLI portal will allow us to assess whether study permit holders in Canada continue to meet their study permit conditions, including whether they are actively pursuing their course or program of study at a DLI. Students who do not comply with these study permit conditions can be subject to a removal order.

Questions about compliance reporting

The primary contact at DLIs may send any questions concerning the compliance reporting process to IRCC by e-mail at

The subject line of the email should be either “Technical question” or “Compliance reporting process question”.

The following should be included in the body of the e-mail:

  • Name of DLI;
  • DLI number;
  • Name of requestor; and
  • Phone number of requestor.

We will aim to respond within five business days.

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