The Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) guide helps international students understand the PAL requirements and process for Canada study permit applications. This is a crucial step for international students planning to study in Canada’s 10 provinces.

What is PAL?

Provincial Attestation Letter—in short, PAL. A Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) is a document issued by a Canadian provincial government or provincial authority to authenticate or verify certain documents or information. PAL is a mandatory requirement for many international students planning to study in Canada.  

PAL is a mandatory requirement for many students planning to study in Canada’s 10 provinces. The PAL guide provides detailed information on how to apply for a PAL in each province, including the requirements and the processing time. The PAL guide also highlights the importance of completing all the conditions mentioned in the offer letter, including any deposit requested, to ensure a smooth and timely PAL application process.

How do you apply for a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL)?

Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Quebec are the ten provinces in Canada now issuing provincial attestation letters (PALs). 

While the exact requirements may differ slightly by province, you won’t need to apply for a PAL yourself. We observed that paying a tuition deposit is a common requirement for PAL, as set by most institutes in all ten provinces in Canada. 

  1. Alberta PAL
  2. British Columbia PAL
  3. Manitoba PAL
  4. Nova Scotia PAL
  5. New Brunswick PAL
  6. Newfoundland and Labrador PAL
  7. Ontario PAL
  8. Prince Edward Island PAL
  9. Quebec PAL
  10. Saskatchewan PAL

How to get a PAL from Alberta

Alberta started issuing PALs to international students studying in the province on March 1, 2024. The federal government has allocated Alberta 40,894 PALs. Students need to follow three simple steps to get a PAL from Alberta.

  1. Get an admission letter ( Letter of Acceptance)
  2. Pay the requested deposit mentioned in your admission letter.
  3. Once the tuition deposit is made, your DLI will apply PAL to the provincial government on your behalf and issue you PAL once it’s available.

PAL processing time: PAL processing time may vary from province to province; however, we assure you that the standard processing time is efficient, taking 1-2 weeks after you request a PAL. We recommend that all students complete all the conditions mentioned in their offer letter, including any deposit requested in their offer letter, to ensure a smooth and timely PAL application process. 

British Columbia PAL Guide

Like other provinces, British Columbia institutes in Canada now issue PALs to international students. B.C. was allocated a total of 83,000 PALs for international student recruitment. 53% of PALs will be issued to public institutes, and the rest, 47%, will be allocated to private educational institutes in that province. 

They have a similar process to Alberta.

  1. Get accepted to a DLI – ( Require a Letter of Acceptance)
  2. Pay the requested deposit mentioned in your admission letter.
  3. When you make the tuition deposit, your DLI will apply PAL to the provincial government on your behalf and issue you PAL once it’s available.

Manitoba PAL Guide for students

Manitoba started issuing PALs on March 4, 2024. To obtain a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL), contact the university, college, or private institution in Manitoba. They will supply the PAL on the Ministry’s behalf. Students will not receive the PAL directly from the Manitoba government.

  1. Get accepted to a DLI – ( Require a Letter of Acceptance)
  2. Pay the requested deposit mentioned in your admission letter*.
  3. Once the tuition deposit is made, your DLI will apply PAL to the provincial government on your behalf and issue you PAL once it’s available.
  4. No. of PALs: 18,652 

*** For example, the University of Manitoba requires a $2,000 non-refundable deposit within ten business days of issuing your admission letter. The needed funds for PALs may vary from institute to institute (DLI). 

PAL Guide for Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is one of the most popular provinces in the Atlantic region for international students. N.S province received 12,900 PALs from the Federal government. The PAL guide will assist you in understanding the Nova Scotia PAL process and requirements. 

  1. Get accepted to a DLI – ( Require a Letter of Acceptance)
  2. Student confirms their seat by paying a tuition deposit.
  3. Once the tuition deposit is made, your DLI will apply to the provincial government on your behalf and issue you PAL once it’s available. You may need to request a PAL to your DLI and fill out the relevant PAL forms.
  4. No. of PALs for N.S: 12,900

How to get a PAL from New Brunswick

Most undergraduate students require a provincial attestation letter to obtain a student visa to study in New Brunswick, Canada. Follow this PAL guide to obtain your provincial attestation letter from your college or university.

  1. Get accepted to a DLI – ( Require a Letter of Acceptance)
  2. Student confirms their seat by paying a tuition deposit.
  3. Once the tuition deposit is made, your DLI will apply PAL to the provincial government on your behalf and issue you PAL once it’s available. You may need to request a PAL to your DLI and fill out the relevant PAL forms.
  4. No. of PALs for N.B: 14,651

The message is from the University of New Brunswick regarding their PAL request process. 

Due to the restricted number of PALs available for overseas students studying in New Brunswick, UNB will need $8,000 in tuition to issue a PAL. The tuition deposit is non-refundable, except when students are not granted a study permit or PAL. – University of New Brunswick

PAL process for Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador provinces in the Atlantic region have also started issuing PALs to their DLIs. If you are a student applying to any NF DLIs for undergraduate or diploma degrees, PAL requires you to process your Canada study permit.

  1. Get accepted to a DLI – ( Require a Letter of Acceptance)
  2. Student confirms their seat by paying a tuition deposit or accepting admission (requirements set by the institutes) 
  3. Once the tuition deposit is made or you accept the admission, your DLI will apply PAL to the provincial government on your behalf and issue you PAL once it’s available. You may need to request a PAL to your DLI and fill out the relevant PAL forms.
  4. No. of available PALs for N.L: 3,153

How to get Ontario PAL

Ontario is the province most sought after by international students in Canada. It also receives the highest number of allocations for international student enrolment. Ontario received 235,000 PALs, the highest number received by any other province to recruit international students to the public DLIs. The Ontario government left nothing to private career colleges by providing zero PALs. 96% of PALs were allocated to Ontario public institutes, and 4% were distributed to private post-secondary institutes and language schools. 

  1. Get accepted to a DLI – ( Require a Letter of Acceptance)
  2. Student confirms their seat by paying a tuition deposit or accepting admission (requirements set by the institutes) 
  3. Once the tuition deposit is made or you accept the admission, your DLI will apply PAL to the provincial government on your behalf and issue you PAL once it’s available. You may need to request a PAL to your DLI and fill out the relevant PAL forms.
  4. No. of available PALs for Ontario: 235,000.

Prince Edward Island – a PAL Guide

This island province has very few institutes, so it has a limited number of PALs. Anyone interested in studying there must apply well in advance to get the PAL, as the competition for admission and PAL could be higher due to limited PAL allocations. PAL guide can help you securing your spot easily.

  1. Get accepted to a DLI – ( Require a Letter of Acceptance)
  2. Student confirms their seat by paying a tuition deposit or accepting admission (requirements set by the institutes) 
  3. Once the tuition deposit is made or you accept the admission, your DLI will apply PAL to the provincial government on your behalf and issue you PAL once it’s available. You may need to request a PAL to your DLI and fill out the relevant PAL forms.
  4. No. of available PALs for PEI: 2,312

PAL process for Quebec

Quebec was the first province in Canada to announce its PAL processing procedures when IRCC announced PAL requirements. To study in Quebec, international students require a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ). Save this PAL guide for future reference.

  1. Started issuing PAL: Since February 13, 2024
  2. Get accepted to a DLI and accept the offer
  3. Apply for Certificat d’Acceptation du Quebec (CAQ) and get your PAL. 
  4. No. of PALs allocated for Quebec: 11,917

How to get Saskatchewan PAL

The IRCC website confirms that the Saskatchewan provincial government has started providing PALs to their DLIs, and many DLIs also have instructions on applying for a provincial attestation letter for the Saskatchewan province. 

  1. Started issuing PAL: Since March 13, 2024
  2. Get accepted to a DLI and accept the offer
  3. Your Saskatchwen DLI will apply PAL on your behalf.
  4. No. of PALs allocated for Saskatchewan: 15,054

Which provinces have how many PALs for 2024?

All the PALs have now been distributed among all ten Canadian provinces. Now, international students can apply to their chosen province. Let’s find out the total number of Provincial attestation letters allocated. 

SL No.Name of ProvinceNo. of allocated PALs
1Alberta40,894
2British Columbia83,000
3Manitoba18,652
4Nova Scotia12,900
5New Brunswick14,651
6Newfoundland and Labrador3,15
7Ontario235,000
8Prince Edward Island2,312
9Quebec11,917
10Saskatchewan15,054
Total PAL for 2024434,380
No. of total allocated Provincial attestation letters (PALs) for international students to study in Canada for 2024

In conclusion, obtaining a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) is a crucial step for international students planning to study in Canada. The PAL guide provided in this blog offers valuable information on the PAL requirements and application process for each province in Canada. By following the steps outlined in the PAL guide and completing all the necessary conditions, students can ensure a smooth and timely PAL application process, ultimately helping them achieve their academic dreams in Canada.

Frequently Asked Question about PAL

Who needs a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) for a Canada student visa?
  • Bachelor Degree seeking students
  • College Diploma students e.g. 1, 2 or 3 years Diploma
  • Post-Graduate Certificate (most non-degree granting graduate programs)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma (most non-degree granting graduate programs)
  • Post Baccalaureate Diploma (most non-degree granting graduate programs)
Who doesn’t need a PAL for a Canada student visa?
  • Masters Degree Students
  • PhD Students
  • Primary and Secondary Levels students (Schooling Visa)
  • visiting or exchange students
  • in-Canada study permit and work permit holders (includes study permit holders applying for an extension)
  • in-Canada family members of study permit or work permit holders
  • students whose application we received before 8:30 a.m. ET on January 22, 2024
How to Apply for PAL for Canada study permit?

This PAL Guide will assist you to understand how to apply Provincial attestation letter and qualify to request PAL from your chosen DLI and provinces.

I’m an International students in Canada already do I need PAL?

On Shore (already in Canada)  International students in Canada doesn’t require a provincial attestation letter to extend or renew their study permit. PAL guide can be easily referred to other students for understanding.