Canada Hits Record by Accepting 341,000 Newcomers in 2019
The Government of Canada welcomed 341,000 newcomers in 2019 alone, exceeding its immigration target by 10,000 immigrants. The number is the fifth record in Canada’s history.
Another immigration record was achieved by Canada in 2019 by accepting 341,000 immigrants. The record was only achieved the fifth time during its history which marked welcoming more than 300,000 immigrants in a single year.
In addition, Canada has already surpassed its annual immigration levels plan, which was 330,800 immigrants, for 2019.
Canada also achieved another objective which planned to welcome more than half of its newcomers through the economic class immigration programs, while 27% coming through family class sponsorship and the final 15% under refugee class.
A quarter of all newcomers to Canada immigrated from India in 2019
The major source of immigration to Canada is still India. Roughly 25 percent of immigrants to Canada in 2019 were Indians, which were 86,000 in number. Chinese immigrants accounted for 9% of newcomers holding the second-largest share. The trend is followed by Nigeria, the United States of America, Pakistan, Syria, Eritrea, South Korea, and Iran.
Nearly half of new immigrants resided in Ontario
Ontario continues to be the favorite choice of newcomers, welcoming roughly half of the national share last year. Compared to 2018, its rate increased by 2 percent. This growth can also be explained by Quebec’s decision to reduce the number of immigrants to the province. In fact, the province of Quebec reduced its intake by 20 percent last year.
As a result, Quebec was the only the fourth top destination of new immigrants in 2019. The second biggest intake was made by British Columbia by 50,000 immigrants, followed by Alberta in third place.
Manitoba, in turn, became home for more than 18,000 immigrants last year, which marked a 24% increase compared to 2018. By welcoming roughly 16,000 newcomers, Saskatchewan almost kept its intake level equal as in 2018.
Another favorite destination in terms of immigration was the Canadian Atlantic provinces. Thanks to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick broke the record by increasing its newcomer intake by 27 and 30 percent respectively.
GTA’s share was 35 percent
More than 30 percent of newcomers to Canada preferred to settle in the Greater Toronto Area. In fact, GTA saw more immigrant flow than the Atlantic provinces of Canada, Manitoba, Saskatchewan combined.
The second top destination city of immigrants was Vancouver with 40,000 newcomers. Montreal (35,000) and Calgary (19,000) followed this trend.
In fact, the four largest cities in Canada welcomed more than 62% of all immigrants to the country alone. Let us note that this number, in fact, is lower than their last intake in 2018 which can be explained by Quebec’s decision to reduce the number of newcomers.
Canada is going to welcome more than 350,000 immigrants in 2020
As we know from the Federal Government’s immigration target, covering years between 2019-2021, 341,000 new immigrants are planned to be welcomed in 2020. It is expected that Canada may exceed its plan in 2020 since it has already achieved its goal in 2019.
According to the plan, Canada can easily accept 360,000 immigrants in 2020. The next goal will become clearer as Canada’s new Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino reveals the federal government’s 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan in upcoming months.
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