The Indian share of Canada’s newcomers has increased significantly in recent years. Back in 2015, India made up 14 percent of Canada’s newcomers. India accounted for 25 percent of the 341,000 immigrants welcomed by Canada in 2019.

India is the second-largest country in the world in terms of population, which means it has a huge pool of potential immigrants. It also has a significant middle-class population with high levels of English language proficiency and education, who also have professional backgrounds that meet Canada’s immigrant selection criteria.

Permanent Residents Admitted in 2019 by Top 10 Source Countries

Rank Country Total Number Percentage Females Males
1 India 85,593 25 41,163 44,430

Source: IRCC, Chief Data Office (CDO), Permanent Residents Data as of March 31, 2020.