Canada is on course to welcome a record number of new permanent residents in excess of the yearly target specified in the immigration levels plan for 2023–2025, according to the most recent IRCC official data as of August 10, 2023.
The Canadian immigration department established a goal in November 2022 to welcome a total of 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024, and another 500,000 permanent residents in 2025.
Despite a general slowdown in immigration levels throughout the months of February and March 2023, Canada received 145,330 new permanent residents in the first three months of 2023 (January through March).
This data is the number of new permanent residents who have actually landed in any part of Canada, not those who have permanent residency approved by the IRCC.
The second quarter from April to June 2023 landed comparatively lower, with 117,730 new immigrants among all the categories.
However, the total number of immigrants who entered Canada up until June is 263,180, which means that in order to meet the IRCC’s target for the rest of 2023, only 202,000 more immigrants are required.
If this pace continues, the number of people who land in Canada as new permanent residents is on track to set a new record of nearly 500,000 in 2023.
Since 2015, Canada has received the most new immigrants in a single month, with 50,905 new permanent residents in January 2023.
This was the largest number of new immigrants in a single month since 2015. Since January 2023, however, there has been a relative decline in the number of new permanent residents that arrive each month, with April 2023 only landing 29,550 newcomers.
Month-Wise Number of New Permanent Resident landed in 2023
Province-Wise Number of New Immigrants landed in 2023
The province of Ontario, which is both the largest and most populated in Canada, was by far the most popular site for newcomers to Canada, landing a total of 115,700 new permanent residents in the first half of 2023.
British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Manitoba welcomed 115,855 newcomers altogether.
|Province/Territory||2023 Total||2022 Total|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||3,150||3,495|
|Prince Edward Island||1,970||2,670|
|Province/Territory not stated||5||20|
Agri-Food Pilot Program, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Caregiver programs, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, Start-Up Visa program, Self-Employed program, and TR2PR Pathway accounted for almost 51% of the new immigrants landing in Canada.
Canada is not planning to reduce immigration targets
Canada has set record immigration goals for the years 2023 to 2025, which Marc Miller, the new immigration minister, will review in November 2023.
Currently, the level of immigration is higher than it has ever been. According to a news interview, Miller said, “I don’t see a world in which we lower it; the need is too great.”
“It is something that I need to look into to determine whether or not we should update them upward. However, I don’t think we’re in a position where we should be considering lowering them by any stretch of the imagination.” Marc said
The leader of the opposition, Pierre Poilievre, has said that if the Conservative Party of Canada wins the next federal election, they will reduce the number of people allowed to immigrate to Canada.
Poilievre has placed some of the responsibility for Canada’s home affordability issue on immigration.
The leader of the Conservative Party asserts that factors like the quantity of unfilled positions in the private sector, the quantity of charitable organizations eager to sponsor refugees, and the quantity of families desiring to reunite with loved ones right away should determine immigration goals.