Canadian academics are falling behind on getting published and being cited by other academics these are two key areas linked to reputation therefore 24 of 26 Canadian universities saw their rankings fall in the "academic reputation" category. Only 2 of Canada’s Universities INCREASED their QS Rank Globally.
Canadian schools have increasingly turned to international students who pay higher tuition fees than domestic students. Canada's best performance in this year's rankings came in the "international student ratio" category, with 13 of 26 schools showing a higher relative score than last year.
But this focus on international students may be harming Canadian universities' performance in some ways as the influx of foreign students in recent years has resulted in larger class sizes, to the detriment of all students.