Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Immigration Hits New Record In 2023

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Immigration Hits New Record In 2023

In a year marked by significant milestones, Canada's Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) closed last year with a modest increase of 3.7 percent. This growth, though substantial, was less than half the rate of overall immigration to Canada, according to the latest data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

By the end of December 2023, the PGP saw 28,280 parents and grandparents welcomed as new permanent residents of Canada. This figure represents a slight increase from the 27,270 individuals who immigrated through the program in 2022, underscoring Canada's commitment to family reunification.

In contrast, overall immigration to Canada reached unprecedented levels last year. A total of 471,550 foreign nationals became new permanent residents, marking a 7.8 percent increase from the 437,595 individuals who made Canada their new home in the previous year.

Despite these positive trends, the PGP experienced a noticeable dip in its performance during the last two months of 2023. In November, the program saw a 32 percent decrease in new permanent residents, with only 1,720 individuals arriving, down from 2,530 in October. This decline continued into December, with a further 5.2 percent decrease, culminating in just 1,630 new permanent residents under the PGP.

Provincial Breakdown of PGP Arrivals

Ontario, Canada's most populous province, led the way in PGP arrivals, with 13,345 parents and grandparents settling there last year. The distribution of new permanent residents under the PGP across other provinces and territories was as follows:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 55
  • Prince Edward Island: 10
  • Nova Scotia: 190
  • New Brunswick: 60
  • Quebec: 2,435
  • Manitoba: 1,175
  • Saskatchewan: 780
  • Alberta: 5,485
  • British Columbia: 4,705
  • Yukon: 25
  • Northwest Territories: 15
  • Nunavut: 0

Nova Scotia witnessed the most significant percentage increase in PGP immigration among all provinces, with a 35.7 percent rise in new permanent residents through the program. Similarly, the Yukon experienced a notable 66.7 percent increase in PGP immigration, although this was from a relatively small base of 25 parents and grandparents in 2023.

However, not all provinces saw growth in PGP immigration. Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Quebec experienced declines in the number of parents and grandparents arriving in 2023 compared to the previous year.

Looking Ahead

With the total number of immigrants to Canada on the rise, the future looks promising for the PGP. The growing trend suggests that PGP immigration is likely to increase in the coming years, in line with Canada's broader immigration objectives.

Under its 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan, Ottawa has set an ambitious target of welcoming 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023 alone. This goal reflects Canada's ongoing commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive society through its immigration policies.

As Canada continues to open its doors wider to immigrants, programs like the PGP play a crucial role in enriching the Canadian social fabric by bringing families together and contributing to the country's cultural diversity.

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