Figures Lay Bare Impact Of Coronavirus Crisis On Canada Immigration

The impact of the coronavirus crisis on Canada immigration in the first seven months of 2020 is illustrated here on this page. Nine out of ten (10) provinces in Canada saw a drop in immigration above forty (40) percent in the first seven months of 2020, the recent figures show.

The only province to record a drop below the forty (40) percent mark was British Columbia province, where immigration fell by thirty-three (33) percent between January and July 2020, compared to the same period last year.

By comparison, Manitoba saw the largest percentage drop, welcoming almost exactly fifty (50) per cent newcomers in 2020 compared to 2019.

The figures show how the coronavirus pandemic has decimated Canada’s plan to bring in 342,000 newcomers this year, with the national average over the first seven months down forty-one (41) percent in the same period of last year.

All of the decreases were concentrated in the four months most impacted by coronavirus restrictions, namely April, May, June and July.

Drop in New Permanent Residents, First 7 Months of 2020

Until COVID-19 related restrictions were imposed in mid- to late-March, the number of new permanent resident admissions this year exceeded that of 2019.

Figures for the first quarter of the year shows 69,160 new immigrants were welcomed in 2020, compared to 65,955 in 2019.

But the numbers decreased from there.

In the second quarter of 2020, Canada welcomed 34,270 newcomers, compared to 94,275 in 2019, representing a decline of sixty-four (64) percent.

Despite the low numbers of COVID-19 cases in Atlantic Canada, the percentage decrease of new permanent residents were the second and third highest in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, which dropped forty-eight (48) percent and fourty-four (44) percent respectively.

Ontario at Sharp End

The real numbers serve to further highlight the reduction in the admission of permanent residents.

In Ontario, for instance, the figures dropped by forty-three (43) percent compared to 2019, but that represented a decrease of about 39,000 new immigrants in Canada’s most populous province.

Ontario’s drop in immigration in the first seven months of 2020 is more than the total of every other province put together for the first seven months of 2019, showing the domination it has in welcoming newcomers.

coronavirus crisis on Canada immigration

On a month-to-month basis, Canada immigration numbers dropped off in the month of July, affecting the recovery seen in May and June.

Figures shows 13,645 new permanent residents were admitted during the month, nearly thirty (30) percent down on the 19,180 admissions in June.

July’s figures are also significantly down on the same month of 2019 when 36,615 newcomers were admitted.

International travel restrictions due to COVID-19 are still in place and the Canada-U.S. border is still closed.

New ‘arrivals’ can either be candidates already residing in Canada and transitioning from a temporary status to permanent resident status, or those from abroad who were approved before March 18.