Canada to accept 431,000 Immigrants
IRCC data indicates that most of Canada could meet or exceed expectations this year. Most immigrants to Canada so far have come from India. Ontario remains the most important province for new immigrants.
Since August 22, Canada has welcomed nearly 300,000 new permanent residents.
Immigration Secretary Sean Fraser last week claimed Canada crossed the 300,000 mark earlier than any other year this year. Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has accepted more than 300,000 immigrants in a single year only six times: 1911–1913, then 2018, 2019, and 2021.
After pandemic-related travel restrictions reduced the number of new arrivals in 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased immigration in 2021, ending the year with a record 405,330 new arrivals. However, IRCC only crossed the 300,000 mark in the fourth quarter of that year.
Publicly available data on the IRCC’s open data portal has reported the number of new immigrants as of June 2022 so far. Results for July and August will be published in the coming months.
By the end of June, approximately 231,620 new arrivals had immigrated to Canada. The difference between the numbers from late June to August indicates that Canada absorbed approximately 68,000 permanent residents over a two-month period.
If this rate continues for the remaining four months of the year, Canada could meet or exceed its goal of 431,000 new immigrants by 2022.
If the Immigration Service achieves this target, it will surpass the previous record set in 2021. Available data shows us the countries immigrants emigrate to and the Canadian provinces and territories from which they come.
IRCC rounds data to the nearest five as part of an effort to protect individuals’ privacy and prevent individuals from being identified. As a result, the sum of the data may not necessarily match the total.