Canada welcomed nearly 19,200 new permanent residents in June 2020. This was revealed in new data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released today.
The number of permanent residents (PRs) in Canada in June was much higher than the 11,000 newcomers welcomed by Canada in May and the 4,000 who obtained PR in April. It was also the highest level of immigration to Canada in a month since the coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic in March.
However, it is well below the more than 34,000 immigrants welcomed by Canada in June 2019. The lower level compared to last year is attributable to the disruption caused by the pandemic. Canada has had travel restrictions in place since March 18. Other challenges include the inability of Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders to travel to Canada even if they are authorized to do so and the processing of IRCC applications being affected by distancing measures socially.
Top 10 Source of Immigrants Countries
The top 10 source countries for immigrants in June 2020 (PR figures in brackets) were:
- India (6760)
- China (2010)
- Philippines (900)
- United States (740)
- Pakistan (595)
- Brazil (560)
- United Kingdom (535)
- Nigeria (530)
- Iran (390)
- South Korea (355)
The top countries of origin of immigrants in June remain unchanged from recent months and years. The new immigrants in June were people who had applied for PR months ago, which means the countries of origin of the immigrants have not been affected by the pandemic so far.
What are the expectations for the coming months in 2020?
Figures from the June 2020 PR visa, shows that Canada’s immigration system is “normalizing” to the extent possible during the pandemic. More people were able to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 in June (for example, travel delays) than in previous months to complete their PR landing.
Canada’s PR visa levels tend to be higher during the summer. Over the next summer months, therefore, we should expect immigration levels to remain in the same range as of June’s level.
Conversely, travel restrictions and other disruptions from COVID-19 will keep PR numbers lower than they were during similar periods in 2019.
Nonetheless, Canada continues to invite more successful immigrant applicants to apply for PR visas. The bi-weekly Express Entry raffles have remained a constant throughout the pandemic, with Canada issuing at least 3,900 invitations to apply for permanent residence every two weeks.
Last week, Canada hosted two Express Entry draws, including Federal Skilled Worker Program applicants in one of the draws. PSTF applicants were excluded from the Express Entry draws between March and July because IRCC wanted to prioritize inviting applicants most likely to be in Canada at the moment (and therefore less likely to experience interruptions) due to COVID-19).
The resumption of Express Entry draws that include FSTP candidates, as well as ongoing Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws are among many positive signs that suggest Canada remains committed to its pre-pandemic immigration policies.
This was also highlighted by IRCC and the Minister of Immigration of Canada. They have stated repeatedly since the onset of the pandemic that accommodating high levels of immigration after COVID-19 will be critical to maintaining a strong and healthy Canadian economy.