Canada’s Top 10 Immigrant Source Countries In 2022, India Tops List

With a record of 465,000 new permanent residents planned for 2023, Canada continues to be an attractive destination for immigrants worldwide.

According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), India continues to be the largest major source of newcomers to Canada. According to the annual report on Canada immigration for 2022, Canada accepted 437,120 new permanent residents in 2022, surpassing the year’s target of 431,645 by nearly 5,000.

As per the IRCC Data, India continues to be the largest contributor of new immigrants to Canada, followed by China and Afghanistan.

Top 10 Source Countries of New Immigrants to Canada in 2022

According to IRCC, the following are the top 10 source countries of new immigrants to Canada in 2022:

Serial No.CountryNumber of Immigrants
9United States of America10,400

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Canada as an Immigrant-Friendly Country

Canada is commonly considered an immigrant-friendly country, welcoming over 400,000 new permanent residents each year through various immigration programmes. Canada intends to admit a record 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023.

Top Immigration Destinations in Canada in 2022

In 2022, Ontario was the most popular destination for new permanent residents in Canada, with Quebec coming in second. Approximately 42.2% of all newcomers settled in Ontario, while 15.7% settled in Quebec and 14% settled in British Columbia.

Quebec received 68,685 immigrants, while Alberta received 49,460 in the same year.

ProvinceTotal no of PRs
British Columbia61,215
Nova Scotia12,650
New Brunswick10,205
Prince Edward Island2,665
Newfoundland and Labrador3,490
Northwest Territories235

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Top Canada PR Pathways from India

There are numerous options for Indians seeking permanent residence in Canada. The Express Entry route remains the most popular and convenient option. Applicants who choose the Express Entry pathway for a Canada PR visa can expect to receive their permanent residence status within 8-12 months.

Canada’s Immigration Targets

By the end of 2025, Canada hopes to have welcomed 500,000 newcomers, with more than 60% coming through one of three Express Entry programmes: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).


India remains the top source country for new immigrants to Canada, with the majority of newcomers settling in Ontario. The Express Entry programme in Canada remains the most popular and straightforward way for Indians to obtain a permanent residence visa in Canada.

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Manish Khandelwal
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