Last year, Canada welcomed the highest number of New immigrants in 2019, the most in 100 years. That’s 341,180 new immigrants from 175 countries around the world, including the Philippines.
The Government of Canada surpassed its a target for 2019 of 330,000.
This has only happened twice before: first in 1912, when Canada welcomed 376,000 new immigrants and then the following year, when 401,000 new immigrants were accepted in 1913.
At the time, most of the new immigrants came from Europe. Canada was conducting an aggressive campaign to encourage settlement in western Canada.
For the past three years, India was the number one source country for new immigrants, with 85,585 new immigrants coming to Canada in 2019. The number of new immigrants from India has grown by 118% in the last five years.
India has taken advantage of the Government of Canada’s International Student programs. There was a 350% increase in international students from India, numbering 220,000 in 2019.
Immigration experts attribute the large numbers of Indians immigrating to Canada to their high levels of language proficiency and education. Changes to US immigration policies under the Donald Trump administration have also made Canada more attractive to Indian nationals working as temporary workers in the IT industry.
China was number two, with 30,260 new immigrants arriving in Canada in 2019.
The Philippines, meanwhile, was number three. 27,815 Filipinos came to Canada as new immigrants.
The number of new immigrants from the Philippines dropped precipitously from its record highs in 2015, when 50,845 Filipinos came to Canada as new immigrants.
Immigration experts attribute this to the end of the Live-In Caregiver Program, which saw the majority of new immigrants coming in as qualified dependents of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
ONTARIO STILL THE MOST POPULAR CHOICE FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS
More than 45% of new immigrants (about 153,340) chose to move to the province of Ontario.
British Columbia was the second most popular destination, with 50,845 new immigrants choosing the province as their new homes,.
Alberta came in third, with 43,685 new immigrants.
Québec experienced a sharp drop from just five years ago, when it was the second most popular destination for new immigrants to Canada. Still, 40,545 new immigrants chose Québec as their province of choice.
NEW IMMIGRANTS STILL CHOOSE TO SETTLE NEAR THE BIG CITIES
Immigrants choose to live near where there are jobs, housing and schools readily available.
More than 117,720 new immigrants to Canada chose to live in the Greater Toronto Area.
The second most popular city was Vancouver, where 40,020 new immigrants settled.
Third on the list is Montreal, where the city welcomed 34,620 new immigrants.
Calgary came in fourth, with 19,625 new immigrants in 2019.
Edmonton was the fifth most popular city for new immigrants, opening its doors to 16,420.
Smaller communities around Canada didn’t attract nearly as many new immigrants.
The provinces and territories including Nunavut, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador combined only attracted 53,270 new immigrants.
CANADA STILL ACCEPTING MOST NEW IMMIGRANTS UNDER ECONOMIC PROGRAMS
More than 58% of new immigrants to Canada came under economic immigration programs.
27% of new immigrants came under the family class, including qualified dependents such as spouses and children.
15% of new immigrants to Canada were granted Permanent Residency under different conditions, including under humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
CANADA TO FURTHER INCREASE NUMBER OF NEW IMMIGRANTS TO CANADA IN 2020
The Government of Canada continues to increase the numbers of new immigrants it intends to welcome to the country.
For the year 2020, Canada has set a target of 340,000 to 360,000 new immigrants under different immigration programs.
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