Canada welcomed more than 300,000 immigrants in 2019

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In 2019, Canada welcomed more than 300,000 immigrants for only the fifth time in history, exceeding its target immigration rate by 10,000 newly arrived permanent residents.


In 2019, Canada continued its record-breaking pace of immigration, accepting 341,000 candidates in 2019. This is only the fifth time in history when Canada received more than 300,000 immigrants in one year (compared to 1911-1913 and 2018).

Canada also exceeded the target set in the Immigration Levels Plan 2019–2021 (330,800 immigrants) by more than 10,000 immigrants.

The country also adhered to its plan, welcoming 58 percent of its newcomers in economy class programs, while 27 percent came in for family sponsorship programs, and the remaining 15 percent were accepted under the Refugee program.

25 percent of new immigrants came from India

India remains the main country of origin of visitors to Canada. The approximately 86,000 Indians who became permanent residents in 2019 accounted for 25 percent of all new arrivals to Canada. In second place was China, which accounted for 9 percent of new arrivals, followed by the Philippines, which accounted for 8 percent of new immigrants. Nigeria, the United States, Pakistan, Syria, Eritrea, South Korea and Iran are among the top ten source countries.

Total New Immigrants in 2019 341,180
1. India 85,585
2. China 30,260
3. Philippines 27,815
4. Nigeria 12,595
5. United States of America 10,800
6. Pakistan 10,790
7. Syria 10,120
8. Eritrea 7,025
9. Korea, Republic of 6,110
10. Iran 6,055

Ontario is still the main settlement for new immigrants, accounting for 45 percent of the national share in 2019. This share has increased by two percent since 2018. This can be explained by the decision of the government of the province of Quebec to reduce the number of its immigrants by 20 percent in 2019. As a result, Quebec dropped to two positions in 2019, taking fourth place among the new arrivals in Canada. British Columbia moved into second place with 50,000 immigrants, and Alberta in third.

There are a lot of immigrants in Manitoba, since last year she received almost 19,000 people, which is 24% more than in 2018. The immigration rate in Saskatchewan was almost the same as in 2018, when about 16,000 permanent residents arrived in the province.

Immigration to Atlantic Canada continued to increase, with the largest increase in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In Nova Scotia, immigration increased by 27 percent to more than 7,500 immigrants, while in New Brunswick, rates rose by 30 percent, accepting 6,000 immigrants.

Yukon also gained significant growth, as immigration to this part of Canada increased by 24 percent, amounting to 400 immigrants.

New Immigrants to Canada: 2017-2019

 
Year 2017 2018 2019
Total 286,510 321,055 341,180
Ontario 111,955 137,435 153,340
British Columbia 38,445 44,870 50,320
Alberta 42,095 42,025 43,685
Quebec 52,405 51,125 40,545
Manitoba 14,705 15,230 18,905
Saskatchewan 14,680 15,510 15,855
Nova Scotia 4,515 5,965 7,580
New Brunswick 3,650 4,610 6,000
Prince Edward Island 2,350 2,135 2,445
Newfoundland
and Labrador
1,170 1,530 1,850
Yukon 225 305 400
Northwest
Territories
240 280 195
Nunavut 40 30 40
Province/territory not stated 40 10