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Posted on January 10 2022

Canada Express Entry: Indians Made Up 43% of Permanent Residents in 2020

By  Editor
Updated April 03 2023

According to the Express Entry Year-End Report 2020, as many as 63,923 got permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry system in 2020. This number is for the principal applicants – and does not include the accompanying family members – that migrated to Canada in 2020 via Express Entry.

Since March 2020, in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government of Canada had been focusing more on candidates that were more likely to already be within the country, thereby not impacted by the travel restrictions. Candidates, that is, with a provincial nomination or with recent Canadian work experience.

Provincial nominations are issued under Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, also referred to as Canadian PNP. Those with Canadian experience, on the other hand, are eligible for the Canadian Experience Class or CEC.

During 2018 to 2020, while the proportion of candidates admitted through the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) remained relatively the same, the number of individuals receiving invitations through the other two Express Entry programs got affected to a certain extent. Comparatively, the proportion of those awarded Canadian permanent residence in 2020 through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) went up.

No invitations have been issued in the recent past to those eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

Express Entry is an online permanent residence submissions management system used by the federal government of Canada. Three economic immigration programs of Canada come under Express Entry. These are – (1) Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), (2) Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and (3) Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Provinces and territories in Canada might also go through the Express Entry pool, shortlisting and inviting candidates with the most potential as per their local labour markets. Provincial and territorial (PT) governments invite Express Entry candidates through their Express Entry linked PNP streams. A PNP nomination guarantees an invitation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). While you can create an Express Entry profile if you secure 67-points on the Canada Eligibility Calculator, you cannot apply for permanent residence unless invited by IRCC. It is the ranking of the candidate – based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score – that is among the main factors that determines who gets invited. A PNP nomination is worth 600 CRS points.

In 2020, a total of 360,998 Express Entry profiles were submitted. 63,923 were admitted into Canada as permanent residents.

Canadian Permanent Residence in 2020 – Program-wise Admissions
Program Total invited
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 25,014
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) 24,244
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) 14,100
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) 565
TOTAL 63,923

India – by a wide margin – is the most common country of citizenship among main applicants and their family members admitted as permanent residents through Express Entry.

Canadian Permanent Residence in 2020 – Countries of Citizenship
Country Total Admissions (Principal Applicants) Percentage (%) of overall admissions
India 27,660 43%
China, People’s Republic of 4,329 7%
Nigeria 3,909 6%
US 2,348 4%
Pakistan 2,299 4%
Brazil 1,961 3%
UK 1,652 3%
Iran 1,129 2%
Korea, Republic of 1,043 2%
France 1,039 2%
Morocco 970 2%
Philippines 821 1%
Ireland, Republic of 709 1%
Bangladesh 646 1%
South Africa, Republic of 641 1%
Other 12,767 20%
TOTAL 63,923 100%

In keeping with the trend for 2018 and 2019, a majority of the permanent residents in 2020 through IRCC Express Entry were headed to Ontario.

Which Provinces/Territories were Canadian Permanent Residents in 2020 Headed To?
Province/Territory Total Admitted
Ontario 37,524
British Columbia 13,589
Alberta 7,003
Nova Scotia 1,556
Manitoba 1,514
Saskatchewan 1,247
New Brunswick 820
Prince Edward Island 445
Newfoundland and Labrador 159
Yukon 30
Northwest Territories 30
Nunavut 6
TOTAL 63,923

How many got Canadian permanent residence in 2020 through the PNP?

Around 80 immigration pathways or ‘streams’ are available under Canadian PNP. Of these, certain PNP streams are linked with the Express Entry system of IRCC.

In 2020, around 14,100 Express Entry candidates got permanent residence through the PNP route.

Canadian Permanent Residence in 2020 – Express Entry Linked PNP Admissions
Province/Territory of Destination Admissions in 2020
British Columbia 4,517
Alberta 2,903
Ontario 2,763
Nova Scotia 1,219
Manitoba 868
Saskatchewan 801
New Brunswick 540
Prince Edward Island 405
Newfoundland and Labrador 65
Yukon 12
Northwest Territories 7
TOTAL 14,100

Built around adaptability and responsiveness, IRCC has further adjusted and adapted the Express Entry in 2020-2021 towards maximizing the economic immigrant admissions as per the Government of Canada’s targets.

As per IRCC, “the Department continues to monitor Express Entry and to explore ways the system could be used to ensure that Canada continues to derive maximum benefit from economic immigration in a rapidly evolving environment”.


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