Since the pandemic-related reduction in 2020, immigration to Canada has increased to a new high, making this the nation’s second straight year of record-breaking immigration.
Data on increased number of PRs (Permanent Residents):
In 2022, Canada received 437,120 PRs from all over the world. This estimate reflects an approximately 8% increase over the total number of PRs arrived in 2021, according to data released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Immigration levels plan:
- In accordance with the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada has also surpassed its declared immigration objective for the second consecutive year.
- It has surpassed the 2022 target number (431,645) by more than 5,000 persons.
- In addition, last year was only the third time in Canadian history—after 1913 and 2021—that this nation welcomed more than 400,000 immigrants in a single year.
To be noted that: Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Canada only accepted 184,000 new Permanent Residents in 2020.
- Programs for economic immigration became once more Canada’s primary priority and main source of immigrants in 2022.
- In actuality, 58.5% of all new Canadian PRs throughout the course of the year came via economic immigration, which includes:
- Worker programs,
- Business programs,
- The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP),
- Paths from temporary residence to permanent resident
New arrivals of permanent residents to Canada by immigration category in 2022
256,000 additional PRs entered Canada in 2022 as a result of economic-class immigration policies. This represents a 14.150 increase over the number of economic immigrants the nation had aimed for under the 2022–2024 Immigration Levels Strategy, which was unveiled in mid–February of last year.
In 2022, 97,165 new permanent residents entered Canada under the family class immigration programs. This statistic represents 22.2% of all newly arrived Canadian permanent residents, falling short of the 105,000 target set forth in the Immigration Levels Strategy for the years 2022–2044.
To be noted that: In 2022, IRCC aimed for this category to represent just over 24% of all freshly landed PRs.
- The year 2022 saw a total of 75,330 “resettled refugees and protected persons” enter Canada, rounding up the main immigration categories.
- 2% of all new permanent residents to Canada were refugees and protected persons.
- Despite the fact that Canada was able to accept more immigrants this year than the year before (60,115 in 2021), IRCC only narrowly met the 76,565 objective established for this immigration class (17.7% of all Canadian PRs).
- The IRCC identified the remaining 8,500 new Canadian PRs as entering Canada under “All Other Immigration.”
In 2022, the majority of new Canadian PRs were from Afghanistan, China, and India.
The top source nations for the class of new Canadian permanent residents arriving in 2022 have changed slightly from the previous year, with Afghanistan and Syria replacing Brazil and South Korea in the top 10.
In 2022, China will once again take second place after India as the top country from which Canadians immigrate. The proportion of immigrants from these two nations, which was 32% and 8%, respectively, last year, has fallen in contrast to 2021.
According to each immigrant’s country of citizenship, the following 10 nations were Canada’s main immigration sources in 2022. The number of immigrants from each nation will be listed, along with the proportion of that nation’s total PRs that came from that nation.
- From India 118, 095 immigrants – 27%
- From China 31,815 immigrants – 7.2%
- From Afghanistan 23,735 immigrants – 5.4%
- From Nigeria 22,085 immigrants – 5.05%
- From Philippines 22,070 immigrants – 5.04%
- From France 14,145 immigrants – 3.2%
- From Pakistan 11,585 immigrants – 2.6%
- From Iran 11,105 immigrants – 2.5%
- From United States of America 10,400 immigrants – 2.3%
- From Syria 8,500 immigrants – 1.9%
Leading immigration locations for permanent residents in 2022 included Quebec and Ontario
- Although Ontario continued to be the most popular immigration destination for PRs in Canada in 2022, Quebec surpassed British Columbia as their second most popular initial settlement place.
- While over 49% of new PRs settled across the province in 2021, just 42.2% of them chose Ontario as their initial location in 2022.
- This may be a result of Canada’s efforts to spread the advantages of immigration more widely around the nation, which are being successful as the PNP gradually begins to predominate over Fast Entry.
- Québec, which welcomed 68,685 immigrants in 2022, came in second.
- This number represents around 15.7% of all incoming immigrants, an increase from slightly more than 12% in 2021.
- Lastly, British Columbia welcomed 14% of immigrants to Canada in 2022, a decrease of around three percentages from the previous year.
- Only Alberta received more than 10% of all landed immigrants in 2022; the province received a total of 49,460 immigrants throughout the course of the year (11.3%).