Impact of Coronavirus Crisis on Canada Immigration Laid Bare By Provincial Figures

Impact of Coronavirus Crisis on Canada Immigration Laid Bare By Provincial Figures
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The first seven months of 2020 saw nine out of 10 Canadian provinces record a drop in immigration above 40 percent, the latest figures show.

The only province to record a drop below the 40 percent mark was British Columbia, where immigration fell 33 percent between January and July 2020, compared to the same period of 2019.

By comparison, Manitoba saw the biggest percentage drop, welcoming almost exactly half the number of new permanent residents in 2020 compared to 2019.

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The figures show how the COVID-19 pandemic has decimated Canada’s plan to bring in 342,000 new immigrants this year, with the national average over the first seven months down 41 percent on the same period of 2019.

All of the decreases were concentrated in the four months most affected by COVID-19 restrictions, namely April, May, June and July.

Drop in New Permanent Residents, First 7 Months of 2020

Until restrictions were imposed in mid- to late-March, the number of new permanent resident admissions in 2020 had exceeded 2019.

Figures for the first quarter of the year show 69,160 newcomers were welcomed in 2020, compared to 65,955 in 2019.

But the numbers plummeted from there.

In the second quarter of 2020, Canada welcomed 34,270 new immigrants, compared to 94,275 in 2019, representing a decline of 64 percent.

Despite the low numbers of coronavirus cases in Atlantic Canada, the percentage decrease of new permanent residents were the second and third highest in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which dropped 48 percent and 44 percent respectively.

Ontario at Sharp End

The real numbers serve to further highlight the reduction in permanent resident admissions.

In Ontario, for example, the figures dropped by 43 percent compared to 2019, but that represented a reduction of nearly 39,000 newcomers in Canada’s most populous province.

Ontario’s drop in immigration in the first seven months of 2020 is more than the total of every other province for the first seven months of 2019, illustrating the domination it has in welcoming new permanent residents.

New Canadian Permanent Residents, 2019 and 2020

On a month-to-month basis, Canada immigration numbers dropped off in July, halting the recovery seen in May and June.

Figures show 13,645 new permanent residents were admitted during the month, nearly 30 percent down on the 19,180 admissions in June.

July’s figures are also dramatically down on the same month of 2019 when 36,615 new permanent residents were admitted.

International travel restrictions due to coronavirus are still in place and the Canada-U.S. border is still closed.

New ‘arrivals’ can either be candidates already in Canada transitioning from a temporary status, or those from overseas who were approved before March 18.

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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.