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Canada on Track to Grant 431,000 PR Visas in 2022

Published on : September 8, 2022

 

India sends the most number of immigrants to Canada in 2022. Official statistics reveal that Canada could go beyond the annual admissions target for the year. 

As of August 22, 2022, around 300,000 had been granted Canadian permanent residence visas in 2022. Previously, Canada has welcomed 300,000+ immigrants in a year in only 6 years - 2021, 2019, 2018, 1913, 1912, and 1911. 

Canada is well on track to set another newcomer admissions record in 2022. 

Canada | Building a Stronger Immigration System 

 

April 1 to July 31, 2021

April 1 to July 31, 2022

New Canadian citizens welcomed 

35,000

116,000

Work permits issued 

112,000

349,000

Study permits finalized 

306,000

360,000

 

In 2021

By August 22, 2022

New permanent residents welcomed 

405,000

300,000+


As of August 22, 2022, over 300,000 new Canada PR visa holders had been welcomed, surpassing the milestone earlier than in any other previous year. 

 

Source: Twitter, official account of Sean Fraser. 

In the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan announced on March 12, 2022, Canada had set a target of welcoming 361,000 newcomers in 2022. A week later - on March 18, 2020 - international travel restrictions were imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. 

Following a shortfall in the number of newcomers in 2020, Canadian immigration was gradually stepped up. The year 2021 ended with a record-breaking 405,330 getting Canada PR visas. However, the 300,000 mark could only be crossed in 2021 Q4. 

231,625 have secured Canada PR visas in 2022 by June-end, as per the Monthly Update from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Over 68,000 had been granted Canadian permanent residence since then. The data for July-August 2022 will be made available soon. IRCC Monthly Update data is publicly available and can be viewed online from IRCC Open Data Portal

If the pace keeps up for the remaining year, Canada might even exceed its target of welcoming 431,000 new immigrants in 2022. 

By a wide margin, India was the source country for the most number of new permanent residents in 2022. 

Top 10 Source Countries for New Immigrants to Canada in 2022

Rank

Country

PR visas granted between January-June 2022

#1

India 

68,280

#2

China 

16,540

#3

Philippines 

12,630

#4

Afghanistan 

11,415

#5

Nigeria 

10,080

#6

Iran

6,425

#7

France 

6,280

#8

US

6,025

#9

Pakistan 

5,505

#10

Brazil

4,810 

 

Source: CIC News.

Where did new PR visa holders settle in Canada?

Ontario was the destination of choice for a wide majority of newcomers that settled in Canada in the first 6 months of the year.

PR Admissions by Intended Destination 

Province / Territory 

Total new permanent residents that settled between January-June 2022

Ontario 

101,155

British Columbia 

36,700

Quebec 

31,880

Alberta 

26,920

Manitoba 

10,785

Saskatchewan 

9,550

Nova Scotia 

6,745

New Brunswick 

4,545

Prince Edward Island 

1,510

Newfoundland and Labrador 

1,305

Yukon 

305

Northwest Territories 

145

Not stated 

50

Nunavut 

25

TOTAL 

231,625


Source: IRCC Open Data Portal. 

As per the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan, the planned estimates for 2022 are as follows  - 

  • 431,645 overall planned permanent resident admissions
  • 241,850 to get Canada PR through economic immigration
  • 105,000 to be through family-sponsored pathways 
  • 83,500 to be admitted through the PNP route
  • 55,900 is the Express Entry admissions target 

Canada remains a top destination to migrate overseas for people from across the world.

Topics: Migrate, Canada

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