TORONTO: As many as 257,515 people became new Canadian immigrants in 2012, a government report said on Wednesday.
Though the figures are not available, the new Canadian immigrants in 2012 from India could be well between 30,000 and 35,000 as the country is the second source of immigration for Canada.
What could be heartening for those waiting for their family members to join them is that 65,000 new immigrants came to Canada under the family sponsorship programme last year – which is 15 percent jump from 2011 levels.
It is for the seventh consecutive year that Canada continued the highest sustained level of immigration in its history, said Citizenship and Immigration Canada while releasing the figures.
Each year, 240,000 to 265,000 people become new Canadian immigrants. Since 2006, the country has admitted an average of about a quarter of a million immigrants.
“Canada has been welcoming not only the highest sustained level of immigrants in Canadian history, we also have, on a per-capita basis, among the highest immigration rates in the world,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
“Immigration is a key part of the government’s plan to grow our economy, spur job creation, and ensure long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” the immigration minister added.
Over the seven years from 2006 to 2012, Canada averaged approximately 30,250 more admissions per year than in the decade previous, from 1996 to 2005.
“The government is continuing to move toward a modern and effective immigration system that attract the skilled immigrants that Canada’s economy requires. This new fast and flexible system will respond more effectively to Canada’s labour market needs, support family reunification, and provide protection to genuine refugees,” the immigration minister said.