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Canada Welcomed a Record-Breaking Number of 341,000 Immigrants in 2019

February 2020, 11
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Canada Welcomed a Record-Breaking Number of 341,000 Immigrants in 2019
Canada created a new modern-era record of higher than 341,000 new permanent residents in the year 2019, Canadian government data reveals.

The 341,180 newcomers welcomed in 2019 which was the second following year that Canada has granted more than 300,000 newcomers. Prior to 2018, the last time Canada welcomed higher than 300,000 newcomers was in 1912. The 2019 figure surpasses by 10,000 than the targeted number of Canadian permanent residents that laid out in the latest immigration levels plan, presented in Oct 2018.

The plan is to increase the immigration level for 2020 that could see Canada surpass the milestone of 350,000 new immigrants in a single year.

Ontario ruled as the province of preference for new permanent residents of Canada. Canadian most populous province obtained 45% of the total by itself, amounting to an enormous 153,340 immigrants.

The second place secured by British Columbia, which welcomed 50,320 newcomers in 2019, less than one-third of the Ontario total. After British Columbia the third place was secured by Alberta, welcoming 43,685 newcomers in 2019.

The numbers showed the influence of the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s policies on levels of immigration in the French-speaking province. Regularly, Quebec sits behind the Ontario province in second in terms of immigrant numbers, but 2019 observed that it drops to fourth place, welcoming only 40,545 new immigrants.

New Canadian Permanent Residents in 2019

Ontario

153,340

British Columbia

50,320

Alberta

43,685

Quebec

40,545

Manitoba

18,905

Saskatchewan

15,855

Nova Scotia

7,580

New Brunswick

6,000

Prince Edward Island

2,445

Newfoundland & Labrador

1,850

CANADA

341,180

While Ontario ruled as the biggest receiving province, Indians were the most significant group when considering new Canadian permanent residents by nationality.

The 85,585 citizens from India welcomed as new Canadian permanent residents in the year 2019 and it was 25% of the total, dominating the next biggest total of 30,260 Chinese citizens.

New Permanent Residents in Canada By Country of Citizenship in 2019

India

85,585

China

30,260

Philippines

27,815

Nigeria

12,595

USA

10,800

Pakistan

10,790

Syria

10,120

Eritrea

7,025

South Korea

6,110

Iran

6,055

In the total number of new Canadian permanent residents admitted in the last year 2019, 196,675 of them arrived by the economic class which equals to 58 percent of total new immigrants in 2019. The 91,335 were family class newcomers welcomed in the last year 2019, which equals to 27 percent of total new immigrants in 2019.

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