"After completing her degree at the University of Saskatchewan last spring, Chinese student Jing Li decided to put down permanent roots in Canada.
Is it that easy to immigrate here? Come take a university spot away and then decide to stay? Ya ya I know they pay way more to go to school here.
Getting a degree from a Canadian University makes you eligible for a postgraduate work permit, valid for a maximum of 3 years. After this time, if you're working and can speak passable English or French, you're pretty much home and dry for residency requirements. This is what I did.
Whilst I agree with the notion that one should rent until one obtains residency, it does seem a bit harsh to put people in a situation where they either pay the tax, or forfeit the deposit. I think the fairest thing to do would be to allow them to back out of the deal and recoup the deposit. Trouble is then you'd be 'punishing Canadians' who then lost out on deals because they lost buyers etc.