Newcomers to Canada in 2021 - And where in Toronto they choose to live

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Top 10 Countries Of Origin in 2021

Toronto is a city of immigrants. In fact, around half of its residents were born outside of Canada, which makes it the second top major city in North America (only behind Miami) based on the number of foreign-born residents.

Explore relevant sections of Hausworth to find a lot of detailed information about where in Toronto new immigrants choose to live and why.

This blog provides an update on the latest numbers of visas issued for permanent residents by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Here are the top 10 countries immigrants are coming to Canada from in 2021 (based on visas issued up to September 1, 2021):

Top Countires of Origin for Newcomers to Toronto in 2021

Where in Toronto

As most newcomers choose Toronto as their destination, we can expect a steady growth in the following neighbourhoods (check for more details and additional neighbourhoods):

  • Woburn
  • Thorncliffe Park
  • West Humber-Clairville
  • Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown
  • Waterfront Communities-The Island
  • Willowdale East
  • Milliken
  • L'Amoreaux
  • Steeles
  • Agincourt North
Among the countries with the most significant increase in processed applications are:

Country Change
Yemen 122%
France 116%
Brazil 94%
Republic of Ireland 76%
Turkey 75%

In absolute numbers, visas for newcomers from India increased the most (by approximately 13,000 more than at this time of year in 2019), followed by France (increase of roughly 4,500 over 2019 and 2018).
As for the most significant decline in processed applications:

Country Change
Iraq 48%
Philippines 44%
Syria 40%
Algeria 36%
Nepal 30%

Philippines saw the most sizeable decline in absolute terms – 8,000 visas less than in 2019, which was already lower than 2018 numbers.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that IRCC has been dealing with significant processing delays over the course of the current pandemic, and the number of processed visas has dipped significantly over the last two years:

Number of processed visas to Canada in 2018-2021

So, for our analysis of the declines and increases we compared 2021 visa numbers to date with the numbers during the “steady state” of 2018-2019.