As per the official data released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], as many as 103,420 newcomers were welcomed by Canada in the first 6 months of 2020.

Of these, many were from India.

Among the total 103,420 admissions by Canada in the first half of 2020, a quarter – that is, 26,610 – were from India.

China followed India as the second-largest source country for Canada immigrants. In the first half of 2020, Canada awarded permanent residence to 10,150 immigrants with China as their country of origin.

With 3,870 immigrants gaining Canada PR in the first 6 months of 2020, the US took the third spot.

RankingCountry of origin of immigrantsTotal Canada PR awarded in first half of 2020%age of the total Canada PR admissions in the first half of 2020

As per IRCC statistics, of the total 103,420 newcomers welcomed by Canada in the first half of the year, 63.7% were economic immigrants.

40.96% of the total newcomers to Canada during this period – that is, 42,360 – were skilled workers.

Announced on March 12, a week before the introduction of COVID-19 special measures by the Government of Canada, the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan had projected the admission of 170,500 newcomers to Canada by June 30, 2020.

Nevertheless, flight restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic led to Canada shifting their focus more to immigrants that were more likely to already be in Canada, such as those eligible for the Canadian Experience Class [CEC] or those with provincial nominations.

All-program Express Entry draws have been resumed by the Canadian government. The most recent all-program draw – including those eligible for Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP] – was held on August 5, 2020.