For decades, Canada has always welcomed immigrants to reinforce their dwindling workforce and bolster their economy. In particular, last year—2022, the country welcomed 437, 120 permanent residents (PRs) who settled across the country. According to a conclusive report released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this number was a staggering 8 percent increase as compared to the PRs welcomed in 2021.

The publications further indicate that in these last two years, Canada has made a record of surpassing its immigration targets documented by the 2022-2024 Immigration Level Plans. The data show the PRs number in 2022 of 437, 120 exceeded the target limit by a staggering 5,000 immigrants.

Apart from 2013 and 2021, 2022 was the only other year that accepted over 400, 000 immigrants. The worst year of all time was 2020 when the country was forced to accept only 184, 000 immigrants as a result of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, there were strict travel restrictions, which was part of the measures enacted by WHO and other health organization across the world to combat the spread of the viral disease.

The Continuation of PRs Settlement in 2022

The Canadian government made it a top priority to continue with its economic immigration programs. The immigrants they were accepting included the following categories of business programs, worker programs, temporary residents, and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These programs translated to over 58 percent of all the new immigrants accepted for permanent residency in 2022.

Data on Canadian Permanent Residency Stats in 2022

Last year Canada on average was accepting at least 23, 000 PRs every month. The below data indicates the number of PRs immigrants accepted every month.

  • January- 35,450
  • February- 37,360
  • March- 40,985
  • April- 36,365
  • May- 37,985
  • June- 43,940
  • July- 43,330
  • August- 34,135
  • September- 44,645
  • October- 33,625
  • November- 25,970
  • December- 23,340

2022 PRs Categorization as Per Immigration Class

Economic-Class immigration programs account for the largest amounts of people welcomed to the country. In particular, in 2022, the programs accounted for 256,000 PRs accepted in the country. As per the target set by Immigration Levels Plan of 2022-2024, this number surpassed the level by a staggering 5.8 percent.

Another category that welcomed many PRs was the class immigration programs. The categories welcomed 97, 165 PR immigrants into the country. Even though this number was high, the program failed to meet the 105, 000 target set by the Immigration Levels Plan of 2022-2024.

The category accounted for 22 percent of all PR immigrants accepted in 2022. However, the IRCC had targeted for these categories to produce up to 24 percent of the total number.

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