Canada Welcomed Over 341,000 Immigrants with Open Arms in 2019 -13th February, 2020

Canada Welcomed Over 341,000 Immigrants with Open Arms in 2019
Canada achieved a new modern-era record of greater than 341,000 new immigrants in 2019, new federal government data reveals. The 341,180 immigrants welcomed in the last year that is 2019 and it was the second following year Canada has granted over 300,000 immigrants. Prior to the year 2018, the last time that Canada has welcomed over 300,000 immigrants was 1912.

The 2019 number surpasses by 10,000 immigrants than the targeted number of immigrants that planned in the most recent immigration levels plan, presented in Oct 2018. With the plan being to proceed to boost immigration, 2020 could see Canada pass the milestone of 350,000 immigrants in a single year.

Ontario managed as the province of preference for new Canadian newcomers. Canadian most populated province received 45 percentages in the total by itself, amounting to a whopping 153,340 newcomers.

The second place was British Columbia province, which welcomed 50,320 newcomers with open arms in 2019, less than a 3rd of Ontario's total. After British Columbia the third place was Alberta province, welcoming 43,685 newcomers in 2019.

The figures unveiled the influence of the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s plans on immigration in Quebec. Traditionally, Quebec sits after Ontario province in second place, but 2019 saw it drop to 4th place, welcoming 40,545 immigrants only. The numbers show Ontario provinces' total number of new foreigners exceeds the combined total of the following 3 provinces.

New Immigrants By Province in 2019

Ontario

153,340

British Columbia

50,320

Alberta

43,685

Quebec

40,545

Manitoba

18,905

Saskatchewan

15,855

Nova Scotia

7,580

New Brunswick

6,000

Prince Edward Island

2,445

Newfoundland & Labrador

1,850

CANADA

341,180

New Immigrants By Country of Citizenship in 2019

India

85,585

China

30,260

Philippines

27,815

Nigeria

12,595

USA

10,800

Pakistan

10,790

Syria

10,120

Eritrea

7,025

South Korea

6,110

Iran

6,055

In the entire number of immigrants admitted in 2019, 196,675 of them came by the economic class immigration or which equals 58 percent. It is in line with the Canadian government's objective of welcoming economic newcomers to overcome the Canadian aging population and declining labor market.

The 91,335 family class newcomers welcomed in the previous 2019 and it equals 27% of the total. With the latest federal election occurring in October 2019, Marco Mendicino, new Immigration Minister is yet to present his initial immigration levels plan to the parliament.

The levels plan is anticipated soon, with all eyes on whether Canada intends to continue progressing levels beyond the 350,000 mark for 2021, part of the plan announced by Ahmed Hussen, previous Immigration Minister in October 2018.

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