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Number of immigrants in Canada 2000-2020

Canada’s appeal as an immigration destination has been increasing over the past two decades, with a total of 284,387 people immigrating to the country Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. This figure is a decrease from 2018-2019, when about 313,601 immigrants came to Canada, but is much more than the estimated 199,170 immigrants arriving in 2002-2003.

Immigration to the Great White North

Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, there were an estimated 127,191 immigrants to Ontario, making it the most popular immigration destination out of any province. While the number of immigrants has been increasing over the years, less than half of surveyed Canadians believed that there were too many immigrants in the country. This is most definitely a positive, since in 2017, the Canadian government announced its aim to significantly increase the number of permanent residents to Canada in order to combat an aging workforce and the decline of working-age adults.

Profiles of immigrants to Canada

The gender of immigrants to Canada in 2020 was just about an even split, with 141,046 male immigrants and 143,341 female immigrants. In addition, most foreign-born individuals in Canada came from India, followed by China and the Philippines. The United States was the fifth most common origin country for foreign-born residents in Canada.

Number of immigrants in Canada from 2000 to 2020

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Source

Release date

September 2020

Region

Canada

Survey time period

1999 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Preliminary.

The time period for each year is from July 1 to June 30 (i.e. data of 2020 represents new immigrants between July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).

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