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Where Do New Immigrants Settle In Canada?
Recent data released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), shows that over 280,000 immigrants were permanently admitted to Canada in 2017. These immigrants came under various streams to include Economic Class, Family Class and Refugees, Protected Persons and H&C classes.
The data showed that the vast majority of immigrants settled in Ontario, with over 111,000 or approx 40% of new immigrants choosing to live there. Ontario is home to Toronto, a very large metropolis attracting millions of immigrants due to its multiculturalism, diversity, vibrant communities and culture.
Continuing along Canada’s east coast, Quebec is the next popular province among immigrant settlers. Over 52,000 new immigrants chose Quebec as their home in 2017. Quebec is the second-most populous province in Canada and with most of its population being French-speaking. Quebec’s economy is driven by natural resources, aerospace, information technology, and pharmaceutical industries.
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, respectively, along Canada’s west coast, are the next most attractive provinces for new immigrants. Alberta, whose economy is mainly driven by oil and gas, attracted over 42,000 immigrants in 2017. British Columbia, home to Vancouver, another one of Canada’s major metropolis, saw over 38,000 or about 13% new immigrant settlers.
Two of the prairie provinces, namely, Manitoba and Saskatchewan each received over 14,000 new permanent residents. These provinces, in the past, experienced very slow population growth from immigration, however, they have made significant progress due to Provincial Nominee streams in these provinces.
The Maritime or Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick received just over 11,000 new immigrants cumulatively. It is expected that with the introduction of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, more immigrants should be settling in the region.
Canada’s territories of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut also had some new immigrant settlers to the region.
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The Team at Northern Connections Canada Immigration