Canada welcomed a quarter of a million of immigrants in 2009, this admission rate being one of the highest in the world. It becomes a bigger home country every year, growing stronger and stronger thanks to newcomers. Here are some statistic data according to the preliminary information released by the Canadian Government on March 2, 2012.
The total number of admitted permanent residents in 2011 was of 248,660, out of which 62.7% were economic immigrants, 22.6% family class immigrants, 14.7% refugees and other immigrants.
The top 3 provinces of preference of the immigrants are: Ontario (39,9%), Quebec (20.8%) and British Columbia (13.9%). The most attractive city seems to be Toronto, welcoming 77,739 persons last year. The province with the smallest number of immigrants is Nunavut, where 24 persons acquired permanent residence.
190,769 persons came to Canada as foreign workers: 35.3% to Ontario, 24.3% to British Columbia and 18% to the province of Quebec. It is to be mentioned that the total number of foreign workers accepted to Canada increased by 6.7% compared to the two previous years.
On December 1, 2011, there were 300,111 persons working temporarily in Canada, 41.8% in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
98,378 came as students, the highest number in the last 5 years. Toronto is again on top of the list, attracting 27.3% of the total number, competing with Vancouver (24.8%).
The total number of students present in Canada on December 1, 2011 was of 239,131.
These data show the need of immigrants that Canada has, the fulfillment of the annual objectives and an increasing interest towards temporary residents. Compared to some years ago when students could not stay in Canada after graduating, today the immigration system is more flexible and has permanent residence programs adapted for those who studied or worked in Canada and would like to stay here, as they are considered to be already integrated into the Canadian society.
We are glad to see the worldwide interest towards immigration to Canada, a country that becomes a steady home for more and more persons every year.