Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, has announced that Canada will bring in more than 1 million immigrants in the next three years. In his 2018 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, Mr. Hussen discussed Canada’s Immigration Plan for 2019–2021, which targets immigrant admissions between 330,000 - 350,000 for each of those three years.
The report also includes interesting data about immigration in 2017. Canada admitted 286,479 permanent residents in 2017, more than half of whom were admitted under the various economic class programs, and 29% under the family class, with the rest being admitted as refugees or for humanitarian reasons.
Another interesting piece of data revealed in the report was the growing percentage of immigrants who settle outside of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, which have traditionally attracted most immigrants. In 2017, 34% of economic immigrants were destined to other Canadian provinces. This is attributed to the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) which attract economic immigrants under specific rules to the various provinces.
The top three countries source countries where immigrants are coming to Canada from in 2017 were India (18%), Philippines (14%) and China (11%).
This is a great time to consider immigrating to Canada. With Canada opening the doors and increasing the number of immigrants it is accepting, and with unemployment rates at historic lows, the next few years will be a good time to come to Canada to become established and look for work or open a business.
If you would like to discuss the possibility with an immigration professional, please don't hesitate to contact us today.