IRCC reveals top 10 source countries of new immigrants to Canada in 2022

Canada will land 437,120 Permanent Residents (PR) nationwide in 2022.

The figure, taken from data published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), represents an increase of almost eight per cent from the total number of PRs in 2021.

This is also the second year in a row that Canada has exceeded its stated immigration target according to the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan, surpassing the 2022 target number (431,645) by more than 5,000 people. Last year also marked only the third time in Canadian history (including 1913 and 2021) that the country welcomed more than 400,000 immigrants in a calendar year.

Comment: In 2020, Canada only welcomed 184,000 new PRs due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

In 2022, economic immigration programs were once again Canada’s top priority and source of immigrants. In fact, Canadian immigrants who came to this country through economic streams – including temporary residents of worker programs, vocational programs, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) and permanent resident routes – accounted for 58.5% of all new Canadian PRs for the entire year. Are.

Monthly Analysis of New Canadian Permanent Resident Landings for 2022

In each month of 2022, Canada welcomes at least 23,000 new PRs. The following lists the exact number of new Canadian PRs that arrived in Canada by month last year.

  • January: 35,450
  • February: 37,360
  • March: 40,985
  • April: 36,365
  • May: 37,985
  • June: 43,940
  • July: 43,330
  • August: 34,135
  • September: 44,645
  • October: 33,625
  • November: 25,970
  • December: 23,340

New Canadian Permanent Resident Intakes for 2022 by Immigration Class

In 2022, 256,000 new PRs arrive in Canada through economy-class immigration programs. That’s 14,150 more economic immigrants than the country targeted as part of the 2022-2024 immigration leveling plan released in mid-February last year – a difference of +5.8%.

Under the family category of immigration programs in this country, 97,165 new permanent residents will come to Canada in 2022. This figure represents 22.2% of all new Canadian PRs, well short of the target of 105,000 persons set in the 2022–2024 immigration levels. Plan.

Comment: IRCC wanted this group to account for just over 24% of all newly landed PRs in 2022.

To meet the major Canadian immigration categories, 2022 sees a total of 75,330 “refugees and protected persons” land in Canada. Refugees and protected persons account for 17.2% of all new permanent residents of Canada. While this is a higher number of people than Canada was able to welcome for the year (60,115 in 2021), it fell short of the 76,565-person target (17.7% of all Canadian PRs) the IRCC set for this immigration class.

The remaining approximately 8,500 new Canadian PRs were designated by the IRCC as coming to Canada under “all other immigration”.

Most of the Canadian PRs who landed in 2022 were citizens of India, China and Afghanistan

The top source countries in the 2022 cohort of new Canadian permanent residents have shifted slightly from last year, with Brazil and South Korea dropping out of the top 10 in favor of Afghanistan and Syria.

India remains the leading source of immigration to Canada in 2022, with China again in second place as a year ago. However, in deviation from 2021, the percentage of immigrants from these two countries – 32% and 8% respectively last year – has decreased.

In 2022, the following 10 countries were Canada’s top immigration sources, according to the citizenship of each immigrant country. Each country will be listed with the number of immigrants that came from that country and the percentage of Canada’s total PR number attributed to that country.

  1. India (118,095 immigrants) – 27%
  2. China (31,815 immigrants) – 7.2%
  3. Afghanistan (23,735 immigrants) – 5.4%
  4. Nigeria (22,085 immigrants) – 5.05%
  5. Philippines (22,070 immigrants) – 5.04%
  6. France (14,145 immigrants) – 3.2%
  7. Pakistan (11,585 immigrants) – 2.6%
  8. Iran (11,105 immigrants) – 2.5%
  9. United States (10,400 immigrants) – 2.3%
  10. Syria (8,500 immigrants) – 1.9%

Ontario, Quebec among top immigration destinations for PR in 2022

In 2022, although Ontario remained the top immigrant destination among PRs in Canada, Quebec overtook British Columbia as the second most common initial settlement location among this group.

In 2022, 42.2% of new PRs chose Ontario as their initial destination—a decrease from the nearly 49% who came across the province a year earlier. This may be a function of Canada’s effort to spread the benefits of immigration across the country, which is being accomplished as PNP becomes more prevalent than express entry over time.

In second place was Quebec, where 68,685 immigrants arrived in 2022. This figure represents about 15.7% of all new immigrants, up from just a little over 12% in 2021.

Finally, British Columbia will land 14% of Canada’s immigrants in 2022, down about three percentage points from the previous year. The only other region expected to exceed 10% of all land-immigrants in 2022 was Alberta, as the province received a total of 49,460 immigrants for the entire year (11.3%).

Below is a table that outlines each province and territory in Canada, the number of PRs landed in that region for 2022 (with percentage share), as well as the percentage change in PRs landed for that region from 2021.

Province / Territory 2022 PR % of all PR % change from 2021
Newfoundland and Labrador 3,490 0.7% +0.2%
Prince Edward Island 2,665 0.6% ,
Nova Scotia 12,650 2.8% +0.6%
new Brunswick 10,205 2.3% +1%
Quebec 68,685 15.7% +3.4%
Ontario 184,725 42.2% -6.7%
Manitoba 21,645 4.9% +0.8%
Saskatchewan 21,635 4.9% +2.2%
alberta 49,460 11.3% +1.4%
British Columbia 61,215 14% -3.1%
Yukon 455 0.1% ,
Northwest Territories 235 0.0% -0.1%
nunavut 45 0.0% ,
province not specified 20 0.0% -0.1%
canada total 437,120 100% ,

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