Effects of COVID-19 on Canadian Immigration

June 9, 2020 / by Scott Stevens

Report Highlights:

  • British Columbia added 79,025 people to their population in 2019, a 1.6% increase from the previous year, the majority of which can be attributed to international migration.
  • While COVID-19 is affecting processing times and disrupting in-person components of the application process, there are currently no plans from the government to halt immigration to Canada.
  • However, non-essential visa applications are being suspended, with exemptions for international students and foreign workers in agriculture, medical, and food supply chains.
  • Admissions of permanent residents increased at roughly 12% YoY from 2017 to 2018, with continued growth into 2019, reaching an all-time high of 341,180 admissions.