Cities in Canada attracting the Most Immigrants

With the more aging population and low birth rates, Canadian cities are in a competition to attract more immigrants to help in keeping the economy strong. Looking at the statistics of the previous year 2019, Canada has welcomed more than 341,000 immigrants. Most of the immigrants are given an immigration pathway through Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) as well as with the new initiatives like Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

The city has welcomed most immigrants in Canada in the year 2019 in Toronto. It attracted nearly 118,000 immigrants that counts up to 35 percent of Canada’s newcomer total. The following table shows the city-wise distribution of new immigrants welcomed in 2019:

  Newcomers Population Newcomer %
Canada total 341,180 37,589,262 0.91
Charlottetown, PEI 1,900 78,568 2.42
Regina, SK 6,140 261,684 2.35
Toronto, ON 117,270 6,471,850 1.82
Saskatoon, SK 5,865 330,674 1.77
Winnipeg, MB 14,745 844,566 1.75
Vancouver, BC 40,020 2,691,351 1.49
Fredericton, NB 1,570 109,883 1.43
Halifax, NS 6,240 440,348 1.42
Calgary, AB 19,625 1,514,723 1.30
Moncton, NB 1,915 155,825 1.23
Edmonton, AB 16,420 1,447,143 1.13
Ottawa – Gatineau, ON Side 10,930 1,095,134 1.00
Windsor, ON 2,990 354,917 0.84
Montreal, QC 34,620 4,318,505 0.80
Saint John, NB 1,035 131,025 0.79
Kitchener – Cambridge – Waterloo, ON 4,585 584,259 0.78
St. John’s, NL 1,290 212,433 0.61


Toronto is the city with the most number of immigrants welcomed, but when talking about on a per-capita basis, the story is much different. Charlottetown leads the way as it welcomed 2.42 % of its population in newcomers. This is mainly because of the Prince Edward Island’s success in attracting a large number of skilled economic class immigrants, majorly through two immigration programs – Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) and Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Program (PEI PNP).

Most of the cities in Atlantic Canada have been able to welcome a larger number of immigrants in recent years to help in the economic development of the region. Cities like Fredericton, Halifax and Moncton each welcomed a minimum of 1.2% of their population in newcomers last year. As mentioned before the major role for this growth in the Atlantic region is because of the PNPs and the AIPP.

Been able to welcome more than one percent of a jurisdiction’s population, whether it is at the national, provincial, or municipal level is a major milestone in the country. This much level of immigrants helps in the significant growth of the economy. The two major ways to improve the economy is by welcoming more skilled immigrants and second using the skills of the immigrants to be more productive in the local labour market.

Canada’s population has increased by one percent or more over the last two decades, which has contributed to the same amount of economic growth. The higher admission rate for skilled immigrants has amounted to an increase in Canada’s population and it is expected to compromise 100 percent of total Canada’s population within the next decade.

This means the immigration will play a much bigger role in supporting the country’s economic growth.

To support the cities to welcome the number of immigrants, they have great tools at their disposal. There are over 80 immigration class streams available through Express entry, additional federal programs such as PNP as well as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

  These immigration programs allow the cities across the country with the opportunity to achieve the important one percent newcomer milestone.

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