Since the early 1990s, Canada has been admitting more than 225,000 permanent residents per year.
Around 60-70% of the immigrants coming to Canada each year come through the Economic Classes – the Skilled Worker and Professional Class; the Business Class; the Canadian Experience Class; or the Provincial Nominee Program.
A further 20% of permanent residents are accepted through the Family Class – a family member in Canada sponsors them to come to Canada.
In recent years, the percentage of immigrants accepted under the Refugee Class has dropped from an average of 13% to around 9%. Some refugees to Canada are sponsored by the federal government or by private groups, and are resettled from refugee camps around the world. Others claim refugee status upon arrival to Canada.
Beginning in 2008, the number of temporary foreign workers admitted to Canada now equals or exceeds the number of permanent residents admitted annually. admitted to Canada now equals or exceeds the number of permanent residents admitted annually.