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341,000 Immigrants landed in Canada for the year 2019

It was a record-setting pace of welcoming 341,000 immigrants to Canada for the year 2019. In history, it was 5th time that welcomed more than 300,000 in a year. Previously, in 1911-1913 and 2018, there were more than 300,000 immigrants in Canada.

The target of Immigration Levels Plan for the year 2019-2021 has been exceeded to 330,800 immigrants who are 10,000 more immigrants.

Canada plans to invite 58% immigrants through economic class, 27% through family sponsorship, and 15% under refugee class.

Indian constitute 25% of New Immigrants

For newcomers to Canada, India continues to be an important source of immigrants. Around 25% of Indians received permanent residency visas in 2019, which accounts to 86,000. China is in the second position with 9% and Philippines accounting to 8% with the 3rd rank. USA, Pakistan, Syria, Eritrea, South Korea, Nigeria, and Iran together are in the top 10 list of the source country.



   No. of New Immigrants

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Ontario with 45% Newcomers

The newcomers coming to Canada prefer settling in the Ontario province, which constitutes about 45% of the national share for the year 2019. From 2018 there was an increase of 2%. The main increase can be noted as the Quebec government reduced the immigrant’s intake by 20% in 2019.

Thus, Quebec has fallen down by 2 steps to 4th position in the category of leading destinations of newcomers, and British Columbia moved to 2nd place with 50,000 immigrants, whereas Alberta was on the 3rd place.

Manitoba had an intake of 19,000 immigrants last year and 24% more than compared to intake in 2018. Saskatchewan’s immigration was similar to the year 2018, with the province with 16,000 newcomers.

Atlantic Canada also experiences an increase in immigration, where Nova Scotia and New Brunswick gained more. Nova Scotia saw 27% of accounting 7,500 immigrants, whereas New Brunswick experienced 30% and welcomes 6,000 immigrants.

Yukon had 400 immigrants with a healthy grain of 24%.

Immigrants count in all the provinces from 2017-2019









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Greater Toronto Area with 35% Newcomers

Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is chosen by more than one in three newcomers. GTA welcomed 118,000 immigrants. This was more than Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, four Atlantic Provinces, and Canada’s three territories combined.

Vancouver is on the 2nd place with 40,000 immigrants, Montreal with 35,000 and Calgary with 20,000.

62% of all the newcomers settled in Canada’s four largest cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary), which is 2% less in 2018. This was because Quebec reduced the intake of immigrants, and Montreal intake fell by 10,000 immigrants last year.

New Target of Canada: 360,000 immigrants in 2020

The Immigration Levels Plan of 2019-2021, targets on getting 341,000 newcomers in 2020. As the target was met last year, Canada is planning to exceed it to 360,000 newcomers in 2020. The information will be out when Minister Marco Mendicino will release the table of the federal government’s 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan in the coming months.

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