How many immigrants did Canada admit in 2020? This year has turned out to be very difficult in terms of immigration. However, despite COVID-19, according to final official data by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 184,370 foreigners received PR status in Canada from January to December last year. The Immigration Canada Pro team has prepared an annual report on immigration to Canada for you.
How many Economic Class immigrants came to Canada in 2020?
Economic immigrants invest in Canada not only their talent but innovations, human force and solid financial investments. Besides, they also enrich the country’s culture, benefit technological progress, productivity and economic growth. To recall, according to the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada wants to attract 232,500 economic immigrants.
How many immigrants came to Canada in 2020 through Express Entry:
In 2020, 63,925 (34.67%) of the total immigrants used the Express Entry system to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Of these, 25,105 applicants (39.1%) immigrated through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 24245 (37.9%) – under the Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) program; an additional 14,100 candidates immigrated through the Express Entry-aligned streams of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and only 565 newcomers entered through the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST).
In total, economic immigration attracted 106,425 (57.72%) new permanent residents out of 184,370 total immigrants. By far, this is the largest category of immigration for people who want to become permanent residents of Canada based on their skills. This category is for professionals with specific skills and experience that meet the Canadian labour market’s needs and contribute to the Canadian economy. These needs include managerial, professional, technical and skilled occupations. So, these 106,425 immigrants were 66,025 skilled workers, 38,710 provincial candidates, and 1,680 business immigrants.
How many business immigrants came to Canada in 2020:
Business immigration has attracted 1,680 permanent residents in all categories in 2020. Most of the business immigrants – 1,055 people (62.8%), belonged to investors. They all received PR through the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP). Another 260 entrepreneurs immigrated to Canada under one of the most popular business immigration programs, the Start-Up Visa Program (15.6%). The Self-Employed program attracted another 315 people (18.8%). Currently, business immigration through the federal SEPP program is a great way to relocate to Canada for world-class athletes and self-employed individuals whose main job is cultural activities such as music, art, writing, and more.
How many immigrants came to Canada through Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2020:
Each Canadian province and territory has its selection criteria for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). To receive a provincial nomination, qualified workers with specific skills must show that they meet all eligibility criteria. The province or territory reviews the application based on the particular province’s needs and the applicant’s intention to settle there.
In total, in 2020, 38,710 immigrants received permanent residence in Canada under the PNP program. The British Columbia Provincial Program (BCPNP) attracted the most significant number of immigrants in 2020 – 8,460 people. The Alberta Provincial Program (AINP) has led 7,825 candidates to PR. The Ontario Provincial Immigration Program (OINP) was third with 6,745 immigrants. Nunavut is the only part of Canada that does not currently have its provincial immigration program.
The total number of PR admissions in the PNPs was the following:
- Newfoundland and Labrador – 360 (0.9%)
- Prince Edward Island – 1,005 (2.6%)
- Nova Scotia – 1,590 (4.1%)
- New Brunswick – 1,390 (3.6%)
- Ontario – 6,745 (17.4%)
- Manitoba – 5,835 (15.1%)
- Saskatchewan – 5,355 (13.8%)
- Alberta – 7,825 (20.2%)
- British Columbia – 8,460 (21.9%)
- Yukon – 100 (0.3%)
- Northwest Territories – 45 (0.1%
How many immigrants came to Canada in 2020 through family sponsorship:
Family immigration is the second largest category of immigration to Canada. Canadians can sponsor their spouses, civil partners, children, parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. Moreover, under certain circumstances, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can also sponsor other relatives.
In 2020, Canada admitted 49,175 immigrants in the family class. This number includes 36,025 sponsored spouses, 10,440 sponsored parents and grandparents, 2,470 sponsored children, and 215 other relatives. The total number of the family class newcomers had dropped by almost a half compared to 2019 when IRCC granted permanent residence to 91,300 immigrants. The most significant decrease is for sponsored spouses and parents. According to the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, IRCC hopes to admit 80,000 sponsored spouses and 23,500 sponsored parents and grandparents this year.
From which countries did immigrants arrive in Canada in 2020:
42,875 immigrants from India (23.25%) and 16,550 (8.98%) from China chose Canada as their new home, so immigrants from these two countries accounted for a total of one-third of all newcomers in 2020. The Philippines became the third biggest country of origin for immigrants, with 10,970 newcomers. The United States supplied Canada a little less than 4% of the total 184,370 immigrants – 6,380 people. The only European country in the top-10 is France, with 4600 (2.49%) immigrants.
|2||China, People’s Republic of||16,550||8.98%|
|4||United States of America||6,380||3.46%|
|11||United Kingdom and Overseas Territories||3,410||1.85%|
|12||Korea, Republic of||3,290||1.78%|
|25||Cameroon, Federal Republic of||1,590||0.86%|
|31||Ivory Coast, Republic of||1,195||0.65%|
|33||South Africa, Republic of||1,115||0.60%|
|36||Hong Kong SAR||1,045||0.57%|
|37||Ireland, Republic of||1,030||0.56%|
|38||Somalia, Democratic Republic of||1,000||0.54%|
|40||Congo, Democratic Republic of the||860||0.47%|
|41||Sudan, Democratic Republic of||845||0.46%|
|56||Palestinian Authority (Gaza/West Bank)||480||0.26%|
|64||Djibouti, Republic of||360||0.20%|
|70||Indonesia, Republic of||300||0.16%|
|73||Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of||295||0.16%|
|81||Togo, Republic of||240||0.13%|
|83||Benin, Republic of||230||0.12%|
|87||Serbia, Republic of||210||0.11%|
|92||Guinea, Republic of||195||0.11%|
|97||St. Vincent and the Grenadines||170||0.09%|
|100||Mali, Republic of||155||0.08%|
|105||Tanzania, United Republic of||140||0.08%|
|108||Kosovo, Republic of||120||0.07%|
|109||Bahama Islands, The||110||0.06%|
|110||Central African Republic||110||0.06%|
|114||South Sudan, Republic of||105||0.06%|
|118||Congo, People’s Republic of the||85||0.05%|
|124||Chad, Republic of||70||0.04%|
|129||Mongolia, People’s Republic of||60||0.03%|
|138||Antigua and Barbuda||40||0.02%|
|141||Niger, Republic of the||40||0.02%|
|145||Panama, Republic of||35||0.02%|
|147||Botswana, Republic of||25||0.01%|
|151||Korea, People’s Democratic Republic of||20||0.01%|
|164||Montenegro, Republic of||10||0.01%|
|170||United Arab Emirates||10||0.01%|
|177||East Timor, Democratic Republic of||0||0.00%|
|179||Marshall Islands, Republic of the||0||0.00%|
|180||Netherlands Antilles, The||0||0.00%|
|182||Palau, Republic of||0||0.00%|
|183||Papua New Guinea||0||0.00%|
Oleg Schindler, Immigration Consultant and Director of Immigration Canada Pro
Valeriya Yelahina, News Editor at News Canada Immigration
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