If your application is approved, IRCC will email you a Letter of Introduction.
Print and present this letter to the border officer when you enter Canada. The officer will then issue your study permit (a piece of paper).
Don't book travel until you've received your Letter of Introduction.
Wondering if you need a visa to enter Canada?
Depending on your country of citizenship, you may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. If you do, IRCC will issue the TRV or eTA once your study permit is approved.
You do not need to apply separately for either a TRV or eTA. This is the case only when applying for your initial study permit application.
How to get your TRV
The usual procedure is that IRCC will contact you to ask for your passport once your study permit is approved. You'll then send your passport to your visa office so they can attach your TRV (a sticker) on a page inside your passport.
How to get your eTA
Once your study permit is approved, IRCC will automatically include your eTA number in your Letter of Introduction. No action is required by you.