Canada welcomed over 437,000 new permanent residents (PRs) in 2022, according to data released by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This marks a nearly eight percent increase from the previous year and is the second consecutive year that Canada has exceeded its stated immigration target. This feat has been achieved by Canada only three times in its history, with the other two years being 1913 and 2021.
Economic immigration programs remain Canada’s top priority, accounting for 58.5% of all new Canadian PRs in 2022. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), worker programs, business programs, and temporary resident-to-permanent resident pathways are among the economic streams through which immigrants came to Canada in large numbers.
Under the family class of immigration programs, Canada fell short of its target of welcoming 105,000 new permanent residents, with 97,165 new permanent residents coming to Canada. The third major Canadian immigration class, refugees and protected persons accounted for 17.2% of all new Canadian PRs in 2022. While this is a higher number of people than Canada was able to welcome the previous year, IRCC fell just short of the 17.7% target set for this immigration class.
New Immigrants to Canada in 2022
India, China, and Afghanistan were the top three source countries for new Canadian permanent residents in 2022, with India remaining the leading source of immigration for Canada, and China coming in second. However, the percentage of immigrants from these two countries has decreased in comparison to the previous year. Other top source countries include Nigeria, the Philippines, France, Pakistan, Iran, the United States of America, and Syria.
Ontario continued to be the top immigrant destination among PRs in Canada, with 42.2% of new PRs choosing Ontario as their initial destination. Quebec overtook British Columbia as the second most common initial settlement location among this group, landing 68,685 immigrants in 2022, representing about 15.7% of all new immigrants.
These immigration numbers come in contrast to the previous year’s figures, where Canada welcomed just 184,000 new PRs due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The increase in immigration is good news for Canada as it continues to address population aging, low fertility rates, and the shortage of skilled workers. The country’s population is aging, and the birth rate has been declining, which means there are more people leaving the workforce than entering it.
Immigration plays a crucial role in filling the labor market’s gaps and contributing to the country’s economy. Canada is known for its positive attitude towards immigrants and multiculturalism, making it a sought-after destination for people from around the world. The country has many benefits to offer immigrants, such as free healthcare, good education systems, and a high standard of living.
Canada’s immigration policy is geared towards attracting highly skilled immigrants who can contribute to the economy and fill gaps in the labor market. The country’s economic immigration programs aim to attract entrepreneurs, investors, and highly skilled workers who can help Canada grow its economy. The PNP program, in particular, is designed to help provinces and territories address their unique labor market needs by selecting and nominating immigrants who meet those needs.
In conclusion, Canada’s immigration numbers for 2022 are a positive sign for the country as it continues to address population aging, low fertility rates, and the shortage of skilled workers. The country’s positive attitude towards immigrants and multiculturalism, coupled with its many benefits, makes it a sought-after destination for people from around the world. Canada’s economic immigration programs, such as the PNP, are geared towards attracting highly skilled immigrants who can help Canada grow its economy and fill gaps in the labor market.