The IRCC has indicated the top ten source countries for new immigrants to Canada in 2022.

The IRCC has indicated the top ten source countries for new immigrants to Canada in 2022.

The IRCC has indicated the top ten source countries for new immigrants to Canada in 2022.

Immigration to Canada surpasses a new high, the country’s second consecutive year of record-breaking development since the pandemic-related recession in 2020.

Canada welcomed 437,120 permanent residents (PRs) across the country in 2022.


This figure, derived from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data, represents a nearly 8% increment over the total number of PRs managed to land in 2022.

This is also the second year in a row that Canada has outperformed its stated immigration target under the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan, outnumbering the 2022 target number (431,645) by over 5,000 people. Last year was also only the third time in Canadian history (the other two being 1913 and 2021) that the great nation welcomed more than 400,000 immigrants in a full calendar fy.

Canada will only accept 184,000 innovative legal residents in 2020 due to COVID-19 visa requirements.

Economic immigration initiatives were Canada’s top priority and source of immigrants in 2022. Canadian immigrants who entered the country through economic streams accounted for 58.5% of all new Canadian PRs throughout the year, which include worker programs, the business nominee the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and temporary resident to permanent resident pathways.

Monthly countdown of new Canadian permanent resident  (PR) landings for 2022

So each month in 2022, Canada will welcome at least 23,000 new permanent residents. The table below shows the accurate number of new Canadian PRs who turned up in Canada so every month last year.



  1. February: 35,450
  2. March: 37,360
  3. March: 40,985
  4. April: 36,365
  5. May: 37,985
  6. June: 43,940
  7. July: 43,330
  8. August: 34,135
  9. September total: 44,645
  10. September: 33,625
  11. November total: 25,970
  12. December total: 23,340


New Canadian legal resident arrivals in 2021 – 22 by immigration category

Through the economic-class migration program, 256,000 new permanent residents would then enter Canada in 2022. This is 14,150 more economic immigrants than just the country had hoped for as part of the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan, which was released in mid-February of last year – a 5.8% increment.

In 2022, 97,165 fresh permanent residents ( PR ) arrived in Canada through the nation’s family migration program. This number shows 22.2% of all newly landed Canadian PRs, falling just short of the 105,000-person target set in the Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024.

Note: IRCC aimed for this group to take full responsibility for slightly more than 24% of all newly landed PRs in 2022.

To complete the major Canadian immigration categories, 75,330 “resettled refugees and protected persons” would then arrive in Canada in 2022. Refugees and lawful combatants comprised 17.2% of all new permanent residents in Canada. Although this is more than the number of people welcomed by Canada the previous year (60,115 IRCC was just shy of the 76,565-person target set for this economic migration category (17.7% of all Canadian Permanent Resident PRs) in 2021.

The remaining or thereabouts 8,500 new Canadian PRs were categorized as “All Other Uncontrolled migration” by IRCC.

Most Canadian PRs who reached in 2022 were citizens of India, China, and Afghanistan:

The top source countries for new Canadian permanent residents in 2022 have shifted slightly from last year, with Brazil and South Korea dropping out of the ten to make more room for Afghanistan and Syria.

India continues to be the leading source of immigration to Canada in 2022, with China throughout 2nd spot, as it was a year ago. Nevertheless, compared to 2021, the percentage of immigrants from these two countries has decreased – 32% and 8%, respectively, last year.

According to each immigrant’s nation of citizenship, the following ten ( 10 )  countries were Canada’s top immigration sources in 2022. Each country will be listed along with the number of immigrants who came from that country in addition to the percentage of Canada’s total PR number that they contribute to that country.

  1. India (118, 095 immigrants) – 27%
  2. China (31,815 immigrants) – 7.2%
  3. Afghanistan (23,735 immigrants) – 5.4%
  4. Nigeria (22,085 immigrants) – 5.05%
  5. Philippines (22,070 immigrants) – 5.04%
  6. France (14,145 immigrants) – 3.2%
  7. Pakistan (11,585 immigrants) – 2.6%
  8. Iran (11,105 immigrants) – 2.5%
  9. United States of America (10,400 immigrants) – 2.3%
  10. Syria (8,500 immigrants) – 1.9%


Top Immigration destinations for PRs in 2022 included Ontario, Quebec

Although Ontario remained the most popular immigrant destination for PRs in Canada in 2022, Quebec surpassed British Columbia as the second most popular initial settlement location for this group.

In 2022, 42.2% of new PRs chose Ontario as their first destination, a decrease from nearly 49% who landed across the province the previous year. This could be a consequence of Canada’s efforts to spread the advantages of immigration across the country, which is being accomplished as the PNP progressively replaces Express Entry.

Quebec came in second, with 68,685 immigrants arriving in 2022. This figure represents approximately 15.7% of all new immigrants, a slight increase from slightly more than 12% in 2021.

Lastly, British Columbia welcomed 14% of immigrants to Canada in 2022, a decrease of around three percent from the previous year. Only Alberta received upwards of 10% of all landed immigrants in 2022; the province received a total of 49,460 immigrants throughout the year (11.3%).

The below table shows the number of launched PRs in each province and territory of Canada for 2022 (along with the percentage share), as well as the % change in landed PRs for just that region from 2021.

Province/Territory/state 2022 new Candians %age of PRs %age change from 2021
Newfoundland and Labrador 3,491 0.69% +0.29%
Prince Edward Island 2,765 0.6% none
Nova Scotia 12,550 2.8% +0.6%
New Brunswick 10,222 2.3% +1%
Quebec 68,666 15.7% +3.4%
Ontario 188,725 42.2% -6.7%
Manitoba 21,677 4.9% +0.80%
Saskatchewan 21,635 4.9% +2.20%
Alberta 49,460 11.3% +1.40%
British Columbia 61,215 14% -3.10%
Yukon 456 0.17% none
Northwest Territories 222 0.000% -0.10%
Nunavut 47 0.0000% none
Province not stated 19 0.000% -0.001%
Canada total 437,120 100% none
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