Toronto, Vancouver emerge most favourite destinations for immigrants

Toronto and Vancouver attracts record number of immigrants to Canada annually

Toronto and Vancouver are attracting more immigrants compared to other popular cities among new immigrants in North America that include New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington DC. The record-breaking immigration growth in these two cities can be partially attributed to the fact that Canada welcomed a significantly high number of immigrants in 2019. Another major reason was Quebec reducing its immigration levels by 20 percent. Because of this, the number of immigrants who would have otherwise chosen the Quebec city of Montreal chose either Toronto or Vancouver.  Yet another reason for the increase in immigration to Toronto and Vancouver was the US tightening its immigration rules.

Though Canada is big and vast, most of the new immigrants prefer to settle in big cities of the country. While 16 out of 20 immigrants who moved to British Columbia in 2019 chose to settle in Metro Vancouver, only 1 in 20 immigrants settled in Greater Victoria region. According to Jack Jedwab, president of Metropolis Canada, Metro Vancouver is projected to be the fifth highest immigrant-receiving city in North America, despite the city having a relatively smaller population size of 2.2 million.

The number of new immigrants who moved to Greater Toronto in 2019 was a record 117,000 and it resulted in the country’s population growing by 1.9 per cent. At the same time, Metro Vancouver’s population grew by 1.6 percent, as 40,020 new immigrants moved to the city last year.

The temporary work permit and study permit holders have not been included in determining the immigration growth rate of Toronto and Vancouver.

In 2019, a total of 341,000 new permanent residents moved to Canada. This is an incredible rise compared to the number of new permanent residents moved to Canada in the year 2015, which was only 271,000.

The proportion of immigrants from India has also doubled since 2016 and one in four of all new immigrants who arrived in Canada in 2019 was Indian.

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