Impact of Covid-19 on Immigration to Canada – Working Deck – October 2020 Numbers Updated with temporary resident data

This is an updated version, including the October numbers for temporary residents (International Mobility Program and Temporary Foreign Workers Program). The most interesting data point is the sharp increase in the number of post-graduate employment, which increased more than five-fold compared to September, and more than doubled compared to October 2019.

Impact of Covid-19 on Immigration to Canada – Working Deck- October 2020 Numbers

This deck reviews the impact of COVID-19 on immigration-related programs as of October 2020 (the latest data that is publicly available) with exceptions noted. 

Programs covered include permanent residents, temporary residents (IMP, TFWP, students), asylum claimants, citizenship and visitor visas. Data is from IRCC/Opendata. 

The deck highlights the commonalities and differences in impact between different programs, their respective categories or types and the top 10 source countries for each program. 

The deck also includes website outside Canada traffic for work permits, study permits, integration services and citizenship. This can be seen as a leading indicator as this data becomes available immidiately after end month (e.g., December 2020). 

The data for IMP and TFWP dates from August, settlement services from May (special run). 

While there has been a slight recovery from the virtually complete shutdowns of the April-June quarter, the decline in all programs is over 60 percent for the April-October period.

#Citizenship October numbers, year-to-date down 51.8 percent

The open data citizenship numbers, previously only up to June, have now been updated to October like most of the other datasets. No particular surprise, given media coverage, and it appears that IRCC has been working through existing applications given that testing was suspended until recently with only some piloting on online testing.

Country variations year-to-date are largely comparable whereas the October 2020 to 2019 variations are much greater, with France having the lowest impact, Iraq the highest.