Toronto: The news that Canada will admit a record 401,000 new immigrants in 2021 is cheering news for Indians as they account for the bulk of immigration into Canada.
In fact, Indian immigration into Canada has jumped exponentially in the last three to four years. While 39,340 Indian immigrants were admitted in 2016, the figures jumped to 85,000 in 2019 — a rise of 105 per cent.
Restrictive US policies and shortage of IT and healthcare professionals are two of the many factors behind the rapid rise of Indian immigration into Canada. Similarly, the number of Indian students coming to Canada has jumped from 76,075 in 2016 to 219,855 in 2019, showing a rise of almost 300 per cent.
Thanks to the record number of students and newcomers, Indians have become one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada, with their numbers crossing 1.6 million in a country of over 37 million.
As Canada’s birth rate declines, new immigrants account for 82 per cent of its population growth. Moreover, newcomers also bring billions of dollars into Canada each year.