On February 27, 2013, the Canadian government announced that 257,515 people from around the globe were issued a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada in 2012. Out of this number, 160,617 were “economic immigrants” who were issued a work visa to Canada through one of the various Canadian immigration programs, such as the Provincial Nominee Program, which seek skilled foreign workers to fill Canada job openings in a range of high-demand occupations. Another 64,901 new immigrants were granted a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada through the Family Sponsorship Program, in which immigrants already issued a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada can sponsor their eligible family members to join them in Canada.
An additional 23,056 new immigrants were issued a visa to Canada as “refugees,” while the remaining 8,936 new immigrants were granted a visa to Canada for “other” reasons.
These recent government statistics also reveal that while new immigrants moved to all of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories last year, some provinces experienced larger Canadian immigration numbers than others. The province of Ontario saw the highest number of new immigrants arrive in 2012, with 98,826 or 38.38% of the 257,515 people approved for Canadian immigration.
Coming in second place for Canadian immigration was neighboring Quebec, with 55,258 new permanent residents arriving last year (21.46% of the total). On the West Coast of Canada, British Columbia attracted 36,176 people who were issued a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada (14.05% of the total), while neighboring Alberta saw the fourth largest influx of new immigrants last year (35,764 or 13.89%).
The prairie province of Manitoba received 13,391 (5.2% of the total), while its neighboring prairie province of Saskatchewan saw 11,182 new permanent residents arrive (4.34% of the total). The rest of the 257,515 new immigrants to Canada went to Nova Scotia (2,370 or 0.92% of the total); New Brunswick (2,224 or 0.86% of the total); Prince Edward Island (1,089 or 0.42% of the total); Newfoundland (751 or 0.29% of the total); Yukon (273 or 0.11% of the total); Northwest Territories (165 or 0.06% of the total); and Nunavut (20 new immigrants or 0.01% of the total).
Canadian immigration has become increasingly popular since there are thousands of Canada job openings available every year to qualified skilled foreign workers.
Canada is also a beautiful, diverse, immigrant-friendly, stable democracy with a high standard of living. Plus, those who are issued a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada have the option to apply for Canadian citizenship after as few as three years. These and other reasons make this one of the best times in history to apply for Canadian immigration!