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Report Reveals Popular Destination Provinces for New Immigrants to Canada

Jade Calver

Have you ever wondered which provinces have selected the most candidates since Express Entry was launched?

The provinces of Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia were the most popular destination provinces among applicants for immigration to Canada through Express Entry, while Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan have been very active in attracting newcomers through the immigration selection system, which was launched last year.

A new report published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC) provides a range of insights into the provinces that are attracting the most new immigrants through Express Entry, as well as which provinces have issued the most enhanced provincial nomination certificates throughout 2015. Data provided in the report covers the period from January 1, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Over the course of 2015, IRCC received 21,562 applications for permanent residence from candidates who were invited to apply during the invitation rounds, with an additional 15,862 family members joining principal applicants on applications (making a total of 37,424 applicants and their family members). By January 3, 2016, a total of 14,058 applications had been approved, resulting in 13,241 visas issued to principal applicants and their dependants, and 9,739 admissions (“landings”) in Canada.

While Alberta edged out Ontario as the most popular destination province, attracting 7,996 (37.1%) of all applications submitted, it should be noted that the vast majority (58%) of applicants choosing Alberta were invited to apply under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). In the report, IRCC stated that earlier draws selected a large number of CEC candidates because of the high number of foreign workers with Labour Market Impact Assessment-backed job offers who wished to settle in Canada permanently. It is very likely that a significant number of these applicants were Alberta-based foreign workers who moved to Alberta between one and five years ago.

As we moved deeper into 2015, when Ontario and British Columbia unveiled a range of enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) options, it is quite likely that the relative number of applicants choosing to settle in either of these provinces increased. In any event, Ontario and British Columbia will no doubt continue to attract significant numbers of newcomers, as they both have growing economies and diverse towns and cities where immigrants can feel at home.

-       Original Article from CIC News