Canada welcomed 13,645 new permanent residents in July 2020.
This was an extremely low figure considering that July is one of the busiest months for Canadian immigration.
On a year-over-year basis, Canada’s July 2020 permanent residence (PR) intake fell by 63 percent compared with July 2019.
Last July was the busiest month for Canadian immigration in 2019. That month, Canada welcomed 36,615 new permanent residents.
Canada’s July 2020 intake was also lower than the 19,200 immigrants Canada welcomed in June of this year.
June 2020 has been the strongest month for Canada’s PR levels since the coronavirus was labeled as a pandemic in March. Prior to June, Canada welcomed 11,000 immigrants in May and just 4,000 in April.
Following the start of the pandemic, Canada’s PR intake plummeted in April due to Canada introducing travel restrictions, which remain in place, plus other coronavirus-related disruptions such as approved immigrants not being able to find available flights to get them to Canada.
It is important to note that some approved permanent resident applicants are eligible to move to Canada right now despite the travel restrictions. For instance, confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) holders who obtained their COPR on or before March 18, 2020, are among those who are exempt.