Welcoming record numbers from China in 2013

posted on April 22, 2014

By CIC News Release | Link to Article

By CIC News Release | Link to Article

April 22, 2014 — Richmond Hill, ON — Today, Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister and Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, highlighted the record number of Chinese students and permanent residents welcomed to Canada in 2013. They announced that last year, Canada issued more than 270,000 visitor visas to Chinese citizens, welcomed more than 29,000 Chinese students and admitted more than 34,000 Chinese citizens as permanent residents of Canada.

This further emphasizes the deep connection that Canada and China share. This comes on the heels of a successful trip that Alexander made to China—where he emphasized the many opportunities and pathways to Canada that exist for Chinese skilled workers, travellers, business people and students.

While in Shanghai, Alexander met with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and spoke at academic institutions such as the prestigious Fudan University. These events underscore China’s position as one of the top source countries for students coming to Canada.

Quick facts

  • Nearly 1.5 million Canadian residents can trace their ancestral roots to China.
  • Since 2006, Canada has welcomed a yearly average of 250,000 permanent residents
  • Canada signed an Approved Destination Status—or ADS—agreement with China in 2010, which allows Chinese travel agents to promote and arrange tour groups to Canada. Processing times averaged less than one week and the approval rate was 95 percent.
  • In 2013, the number of visitor visas issued to Chinese citizens has increased by almost 120 percent since 2006.
  • The number of Chinese students coming to Canada has increased by 225 percent since 2006.

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