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Canada Sees Rise in Parent and Grandparent Immigration Numbers

According to the latest data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), March saw a five percent increase in immigration to Canada under the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) compared to February. 

In March, Canada welcomed 2,005 new permanent residents under the PGP, up from 1,910 in February and 1,840 in January.

This rise in PGP immigration occurs amidst a decline in overall immigration to Canada. The number of new permanent residents dropped for the second consecutive month, falling 11 percent to 34,785 in March from 39,090 in February.

By the end of the first quarter, Canada had received 5,765 new permanent residents under the PGP, a 14.9 percent decrease from the 6,775 recorded in the same period last year. 

Based on the current rate, Canada will welcome 23,060 parents and grandparents as new permanent residents in 2024, down 18.5 percent from 28,305 last year.

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, saw the highest number of PGP arrivals in the first quarter, with 2,855 parents and grandparents settling there. 

Nova Scotia experienced the biggest percentage increase in PGP immigration in March, with a 50 percent rise in new permanent residents. 

Conversely, New Brunswick saw the largest percentage drop, with 66.7 percent fewer PGP immigrants in March compared to February.

Despite the current trends, PGP immigration is expected to rise over the coming years due to growing targets for total immigration to Canada. 

Under the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024, 500,000 in 2025, and another 500,000 in 2026, totaling 1.485 million immigrants over three years.

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