IRCC Data Suggests Canada May Exceed Annual Target 4,31,000 New Permanent Residents


Canada has targeted about 250,000 new permanent residents between January to June 2022. The yearly data is from the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) open data portal that reported new immigrants under all of Canada’s immigration classes: economic, family, refugee, and other until June 2022. 

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Canada is expected to have added some 68,000 permanent residents over the course of July and August 2022, crossing the 300,000 mark in an entire year already. The country has welcomed nearly 300,000 immigrants in an entire year only six times: in the years 1911 to 1913 and then in 2018, 2019, and 2021. 

If this rate keeps up for the remaining four months of the year, Canada could set a new record for itself by even exceeding its annual target of 431,000 new immigrants in 2022. 

Country Number of new immigrants – January to June 2022
India 68,280
China 16,540
Philippines 12,630
Afghanistan 11,415
Nigeria 10,080
Iran 6,425
France 6,280
USA 6,025
Pakistan 5,505
Brazil 4,810

Most immigrants favored Ontario followed by British Columbia, Quebec, and Alberta as their preferred choice provinces in Canada. 

A total of 101,155 newcomers have immigrated to Ontario between January-July 2022, nearly triple that of the second place contender, British Columbia. Quebec welcomed 31,880 immigrants while Alberta came in fourth with 26,920 newcomers.

More PNP immigrants admitted in 2022 

Canada has not witnessed more immigrants under its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) than in its Express Entry-managed programs since 2015. 

IRCC data shows that 40,785 immigrants got admitted through Express Entry programs and 40,835 through the PNP. Among Express Entry programs, more skilled immigrants qualified for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) while Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) immigrants make up a smaller portion. 

Breaking down provincial results further, Ontario welcomed the most in all of Canada’s immigration classes: economic, family, refugee, and other. Alberta welcomed the second most number of refugees. 

British Columbia came second in welcoming the most economic- and family-class immigrants. while Alberta targeted the third most family-class immigrants. 

Canada wants to push for more skilled immigration

Canada wants skilled immigration to fill gaps in its labor market. 

The latest data from Statistics Canada shows over one million job vacancies and an unemployment rate of only 4.9%, a historic low. As a result, the country is facing a labor shortage in several sectors, opening up greater opportunities for foreign-trained Nurses, and IT professionals to migrate to Canada. 

Earlier, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser promised improved efforts to make the application process easier and more streamlined for applicants. IRCC is keenly looking to clear the current backlog of applications as well as improvements to reduce processing time to pre-covid times. Also, starting September 23, immigration applications will go 100% digital.  

If you’ve been planning for immigration in search of better career opportunities, consider Canada. CanApprove is a certified consultant partner from the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) to guide you through the documentation process and suggest appropriate programs based on your academia and work experience. 

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