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Immigrating from Ireland to Canada

Learn the various pathways of immigration to Canada, including family-sponsorship and employment from Ireland.

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Interested in Immigrating to Canada from Ireland?

There are over 4,627,000 Irish Canadians residing in Canada who claimed full or partial Irish ancestry. This makes up about 13.43% of the entire Canadian population. The Irish are the 4th largest ethnic group in Canada!

People from Ireland began to arrive in Quebec and then spread across to western Canada providing cheap labor and colonization of land. The Irish have had a significant impact on each Canadian province separately.

The top 5 provinces with the highest number of Irish Canadians:

  1. Ontario
  2. British Columbia
  3. Alberta
  4. Quebec
  5. Nova Scotia

Although this can be deceiving because some provinces have a higher percentage of Irish compared to their total population. Here are the top 5 provinces with the highest percentage of Irish Canadians:

  1. Prince Edward Island
  2. Nova Scotia
  3. Newfoundland and Labrador
  4. New Brunswick
  5. Yukon
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Immigration Process

Most Irish come to Canada with a goal to stay there permanently. Many Irish have chosen to move to Canada in search of security and a better quality of life. Permanent Residency for Irish foreign nationals can be thought of as ‘tentative Citizenship” because of a few differences between permanent residency and citizenship in Canada. As a Permanent Resident, you cannot vote, and permanent residents may still be deported if they commit a serious crime. Two of the major ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada are through employment and family sponsorship. 

Applying for Express Entry or PNPs

Those looking to immigrate to Canada from Ireland have the option to enter the Express Entry pool or apply for a Provincial Nominee Program also known as PNPs.

Express Entry is by far the most popular and typically the fastest program to obtain Canadian Permanent Residency through. The Express Entry program calculates a score for each applicant depending on a collection of categories. However, if your CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) is low, you can plan to apply in any of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for Canada. When applying for a PNP, a Canadian province or territory must nominate an applicant.

If you are curious to know about your CRS Score, check out our crs score calculator!

Useful Resources for Irish in Canada

Irish Canadian Society – To promote, through social, cultural and sporting activities, fellowship among residents of Ireland and Northern Ireland who have Irish-Canadian connections, and to promote within Ireland, Northern Ireland and Canada greater awareness of Irish and Canadian cultural and other links.

Ireland Canada Business Association – Their mission is to connect, communicate and influence Irish Canadian stakeholders on behalf of their membership. 

Canadian Association for Irish Studies – The CAIS serves students of Irish culture seaking to foster and encourage teh study of Irish culture in Canada. 

Irish Cultural Society of Toronto  – To stimulate interest in, promote, sponsor and foster Irish culture in all its forms, be it historic, linguistic, music, drama, dance, sport or other forms of artistic entertaining or educational expression

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