Canadian Immigration patterns changing focus to Western Canada
More immigrants are deciding to settle out west in provinces like Alberta.
According to this CBC article, immigration patterns in Canada are changing somewhat significantly. Approximately 10 years ago, the majority of immigrants to Canada (about 60 per cent) settled in Ontario, and half of them settling in Toronto. But in 2010, 42 per cent settled in Ontario while immigration to provinces like Alberta and British Columbia skyrocketed.
According to the article, farming and other natural resource sectors are aiding in immigrant employment and creating a better economy out west, while the provincial nominee programs in these provinces allow immigrants to go where the jobs are and start working as soon as they come to Canada.
Higher immigration numbers in these provinces means more business and a bolstered economy as immigrants who desire to own their own homes help stimulate the local real estate markets.
Also according to the article, more than a million people are waiting to come to Canada because of immigration system backlogs.
Here are the stats:
|CALENDAR YEAR||YEAR TO DATE|
|2006||2007||2008||2009||2010||2010 (Jan-Jun)||2011 (Jan-Jun)||% Change|
|Federal Skilled Workers||208,701||213,745||189,636||148,073||142,067||122,072||23,913||-80%|
|Quebec Selected Skilled Workers||30,654||33,460||34,612||38,463||37,495||18,021||12,505||-31%|
|Federal Business Immigrants||12,720||15,096||23,256||32,367||40,675||37,833||3,156||-92%|
|Quebec Business Immigrants||4,739||6,029||5,987||5,951||9,067||4,907||2,469||-50%|
|Provincial/ Territorial Nominees||18,695||24,688||38,104||38,533||52,163||29,379||10,233||-65%|
|Canadian Experience Class||0||0||1,077||7,320||7,750||4,034||201||-95%|
|Spouses, Partners, Children and Others||69,567||72,431||67,982||64,204||57,835||30,571||25,530||-16%|
|Parents and Grandparents||18,990||32,606||29,777||16,121||17,202||10,138||3,665||-64%|
|Government Assisted Refugees||11,305||11,788||10,735||11,095||8,021||4,392||3,752||-15%|
|Privately Sponsored Refugees||8,425||9,108||10,820||10,258||11,714||6,379||1,935||-70%|
|Protected Persons in Canada||11,144||6,751||7,387||11,844||13,284||6,748||2,742||-59%|
|H&C and Public Policy||15,174||13,764||11,976||11,879||10,134||5,815||667||-89%|
|Source: CIC Operational Databases, 2nd Quarter 2011|
|* Other includes: deferred removal orders, post-determination refugee claimants, missing and/or invalid data|
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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