Video - Portrait of citizenship and immigration in Canada (American Sign Language)

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Portrait of citizenship and immigration in Canada (American Sign Language) - Video transcript

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In 2021, 23.0% of the population, were, or have been, a landed immigrant or permanent resident in Canada. This was the highest among the G7 countries and was the highest proportion since Confederation, topping the previous 1921 record of 22.3%.

Just over 1.3 million new immigrants settled permanently in Canada from 2016 to 2021. This was highest number of recent immigrants recorded in a Canadian census.

The share of recent immigrants settling in Atlantic Canada almost tripled since 2006, rising from 1.2% to 3.5% in 2021. As was the trend over the past 50 years, three census metropolitan areas continued to welcome the most recent immigrants in 2021. These three were Toronto with 29.5% of recent immigrants, Montréal with 12.2%, and Vancouver with 11.7%.

Over half of recent immigrants living in Canada were admitted under the economic category. Of these 748,120 economic immigrants, just over one-third were selected through skilled worker programs. Another one-third were selected through the Provincial Nominee Program.

Since 2016, the proportion of immigrants who first came to Canada temporarily on work or study permits, or as asylum claimants before being admitted as permanent residents, was 36.6%.

Asia, including the Middle East, remained the continent of birth for most recent immigrants.

Almost one in five recent immigrants were born in India, making it the leading country of birth for recent immigrants to Canada.

In contrast, the share of recent immigrants from Europe continued to decline, falling from 61.6% in 1971 to 10.1% in 2021.

92.7% of recent immigrants are able to conduct a conversation in either English or French.

The share of second-generation Canadians younger than 15 years with at least one foreign-born parent rose from 26.7% in 2011 to 31.5% in 2021.

Definitions and concepts, data at the provincial and territorial levels, as well as more findings are available in The Daily of October 26, 2022.

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