In 2019, Canada welcomed more than 300,000 immigrants for only the fifth time in its history and exceeded its federal government immigration target by 10,000 additional newcomers.
Canada continues to immigration record-setting pace with welcomed 341,000 newcomers in 2019. This is only the fifth time in its history that it has welcomed more than 300,000 immigrants in one year (the other time it was from 1911 to 1913 and 2018).
Canada also surpassed the targets stipulated in the Immigration Levels Plan 2019-2021 (330 800 immigrants) by more than 10,000 immigrants.
The country is also sticking to the plan to welcome 58 percent of new entrants under the economy class, while 27 percent arrive through family sponsorship, and the remaining 15 percent were greeted under the refugee class.
25 percent of new immigrants came from India
India remains the main source country of newcomers to Canada. Around 86,000 Indians who are permanent residents in 2019 accounted for 25 percent of all newcomers to Canada. China is a distant second accounting for 9 percent of new entrants, followed by the Philippines, which accounted for 8 percent of the new immigrants. Nigeria, the United States, Pakistan, Syria, Eritrea, South Korea, and Iran rounded out the top 10 source countries.
45 percent of newcomers settled in Ontario
Ontario continues to be by far the main destination for newcomers, welcoming 45 percent of the national share in 2019. The share increased two percent from 2018. This can be explained by the Quebec government’s decision to reduce the intake of immigrants by 20 percent in 2019. As a result, Quebec falls two spots in 2019 with the main purpose of the four newcomers to Canada. British Columbia moved into second place because of welcomed 50,000 immigrants, with Alberta in third place.
Manitoba enjoys a very strong immigrant intake as welcomed by almost 19,000 immigrants last year, an increase of 24 percent compared to its 2018 intake. Saskatchewan immigration rates are almost identical as in 2018, the province welcomed nearly 16,000 new arrivals.
Immigration to Atlantic Canada continues to rise, with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick experienced the largest gains. Nova Scotia saw a rise in intake by 27 percent to more than 7,500 immigrants while New Brunswick enjoyed a 30 percent gain since welcomed 6,000 newcomers.
Yukon also experienced healthy increases as the intake grew by 24 percent to 400 immigrants.
35 percent went to the Greater Toronto Area
More than one in three newcomers choose to settle in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). GTA welcomes more immigrants (118,000 settlers) from the four Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Canada three territories combined.
Vancouver is the second major city since welcomed 40,000 immigrants, followed by Montreal (35,000) and Calgary (almost 20,000).
Canada’s four largest cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary) together welcomed 62 percent of all new entrants to the country, their share fell slightly from 64 percent in 2018. This decline is due to Quebec’s decision to reduce the level of immigration as an intake Montreal fell almost 10,000 newcomers a year ago.
Canada could welcome up to 360,000 immigrants in 2020
Immigration Levels Plan 2019-2021 according to her, the federal government is targeting an additional 341,000 arrival of newcomers in 2020. Since this target is met last year, Canada can exceed again this year. In fact, the plan gives Canada the flexibility to welcome up to 360,000 newcomers in 2020. We will have more clarity when Marco Mendicino Immigration Minister tables the federal government from 2020 to 2022 Immigration Levels Plan in the near future potential in the coming months.
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