Canada landed more than 47,000 new permanent residents in November.
This is a modern era record (such data is only readily available dating back to 1980). It is also marks the third month in a row that Canada has broken the record.
CIC News obtained this data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) last night. The data also shows that Canada has now landed over 361,000 immigrants in the first eleven months of this year. Given it has landed more than 45,000 immigrants in each of the past three months, it appears very likely Canada will achieve its 401,000 immigrant target by the end of this year. The rise in the Omicron variant may complicate such efforts but given IRCC’s focus on transitioning those within Canada to permanent residence, the department should still be able to achieve its goal.
A landing occurs when an individual sees their legal status officially converted to permanent residence in Canada. Prior to the pandemic, this usually occurred when a foreign national would arrive from overseas and gain permanent residence. During the pandemic, Canada has focused on transitioning those living in the country as temporary residents to permanent residence. The rationale for this policy is those in Canada are less likely to experience COVID-related disruptions during the process of acquiring permanent residence (e.g., travel delays, delays obtaining documents).
Before COVID, Canada landed between 25,000 and 35,000 immigrants per month, with figures being higher during the warmer spring and summer months. Canada got off to a slow start this year before ramping up landings in June. The period between June and November has been particularly notable due to Canada consistently landing over 35,000 new permanent residents each month, including setting three consecutive monthly modern records since September.