A Record 471,550 New Permanent Residents in Canada 2023
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A Record 471,550 New Permanent Residents in Canada 2023

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A Record 471,550 New Permanent Residents in Canada 2023

In its most recent milestone, Canada has surpassed its own historical benchmarks in immigration, warmly embracing an impressive number of 471,550 new permanent residents in 2023. This marks a substantial upswing from the 2022 count of 437,595. Not only does this transcend the designated target of 465,000 shown in Ottawa’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2023–2025, but it also paves the way for an even more ambitious target in the imminent years.

Canada Sets New Record in Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026

The resounding success in immigration during 2023, a notable 1.4% surge beyond the stipulated objective, holds a robust picture for the nation. As per the blueprint laid out by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the agenda for 2024 aspires to welcome 485,000 newcomers, with a subsequent surge to 500,000 in 2025.

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Role of Economic Pathways in Ontario’s Immigration Journey 2023

As the most populous province, Ontario emerged as the preferred destination for newcomers in 2023, attracting 206,720 individuals, representing 43.8% of all immigrants to Canada that year. Economic programs, including the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), played a pivotal role, contributing to 49.6% of new permanent residents in the province.

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Economic pathways played a pivotal role in Ontario’s immigration landscape in 2023. Notably, programs such as the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), Agri-Food Immigration Pilot (AFIP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Caregiver programs, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) programs, the Start-Up Visa (SUV), Self-Employed Persons (SEP) programs, and the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway collectively facilitated the arrival of 102,445 individuals to Ontario during the year.


In addition to economic programs, family sponsorships contributed significantly, bringing 56,065 new permanent residents to Ontario. Another influx of 39,205 individuals occurred through Canada’s refugee and protected persons programs in the province during 2023.

While Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and the Yukon experienced substantial immigration growth, provinces like Nova Scotia and Quebec faced declines. Nova Scotia saw a 6.7% decrease, and Quebec experienced a notable 23.2% dip in immigration levels.

IRCC’s Insights into Applications and Citizenship

The veil is lifted by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the realm of temporary residence applications, casting a spotlight on the ultimate decisions reached throughout the year.

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  • Work Permits:  A substantial total of 1,646,300 work permit applications, inclusive of extensions, reached finality in 2023, signaling a remarkable surge of 503,330 compared to the preceding year. Includes both the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program.
  • Study Permits: The IRCC diligently processed 1,089,600 study permit applications, along with extensions, in the course of 2023. This denotes a noteworthy year-over-year discrepancy of 171,700 when juxtaposed with the statistics from 2022.

In addition to these insights, IRCC’s data shows a positive trajectory in citizenship endeavors. Between April 1 and December 31, 2023, a total of 293,000 newcomers successfully embraced Canadian citizenship. This marks a commendable uptick of 13,900 when contrasted in 2022.

Canada Towards a Promising Future

The influx of new permanent residents in 2023 stands as a numerical triumph. As the government navigates through the backlog of applications, instigates measures to reduce IRCC processing times The odyssey toward welcoming 500,000 permanent residents annually by 2026 paints a portrait of a promising future for both Canada and those aspiring to call it home.

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