Impact of Covid-19 on Immigration to Canada – Working Deck – Full November 2020 data

Shout out to IRCC for releasing all the November data to allow for this comprehensive November portrait.


  • Overall, numbers of permanent residents, temporary residents and students remained flat compared to October;
  • Permanent resident admissions three times more than temporary residents and twice more than students April to November 2020/19;
  • Applications for permanent residency and study permits declined by over 60 percent April to November 2020/19;
  • Permanent Residents: A large proportion of admissions are from previous temporary residents, particularly those in the Post-graduate work program;
  • Temporary Residents IMP mainly Canadian interests, mainly the post-graduate work program;
  • Temporary Residents TFWP, small increase driven by agriculture works;
  • Citizenship decline of over 70 percent April to November 2020/19;
  • Visitor visa virtual shutdown, 96 percent decline April to November 2020/19

This data, and the ongoing nature of COVID waves, travel restrictions and expect vaccination roll-out make the government’s planned immigration levels of 401,000 in 2021 and possibly 411,000 in 2022 increasingly unlikely.

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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