Indians made up a quarter of all new Canadian permanent residents in 2019, with 85,585 Indian citizens making Canada their permanent home. This was nearly three times the number of Chinese citizens who immigrated to Canada last year, with immigrants from the Philippines a close third.
While immigration to Canada from India is clearly on the rise — Indians made up just 14 percent of the total as recently as 2015 — immigration from the Philippines has declined for each of the past five years. The 50,000 Filipinos who settled in Canada in 2015 made up the largest share that year; now, and despite still being among the top source countries, that figure is down by nearly half after a steady decline over the intervening years.
Meanwhile, immigration to Canada from China has been steady over the past half-decade, settling around the 30,000-per-year mark.
New Canadian immigration record
Canada admitted 341,180 new immigrants in 2019, fully 10,000 or so more than the target set out in the 2019-2021 Canadian immigration levels plan. The last time Canada admitted this many new permanent residents was more than a century ago in 1913.
Moreover, this figure does not include the additional hundreds of thousands of temporary work permit holders and international students who obtained temporary status in Canada last year, many of whom will go on to transition to permanent resident status.