Canada Immigrants by Class – 2016

Canada immigrants class 2016

In 2016, 296,340 new permanent residents landed in Canada, a 9% increase compared to the previous year.

In 2016, most immigrants came under the economic class (53%), immigrants under family sponsorship accounted for 26%, refugees 20% and other 1% of the total intake.

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Overall, from 2015 to 2016, the economic class decreased 8% from 170,375 to 156,000; the family class increased 19% from 65,485 to 78,000 and the refugee class increased 83% from 32,115 to 58,910 respectively.

In 2016, new permanent residents admitted under the skilled worker program accounted for 22% of the annual immigration intake, the second largest group came under the sponsored spouse or partner program (19%) and the third largest group came under a provincial nominee program (16%).

The blended sponsorship refugee program registered the largest increase of 448% from 810 in 2015 to 4,440 in 2016; followed by the government assisted refugee program (149%), and the resettled refugee program (133%).

From 2015 to 2016, the programs with the largest decreases were the entrepreneur’s (-44%), caregiver’s (-32%), and investor’s (-16%).



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