Following more than a decade-long slump, Ontario is seeing an increase again in the number of immigrants settling in the province. In 2017, 39% of newcomers to Canada, that is 111,925, chose to settle in Ontario. Of that number, 85,500 settled in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In January of 2018 alone, 10,870 new permanent residents settled in Ontario, 8,600 of which were in the GTA, representing a 57.2% increase from January 2017.

The increase in immigration to Ontario is said to be caused by the economic downturn occurring in Alberta along with the high cost of living in British Columbia. Further, Quebec has jurisdiction over selecting its immigrants and the province’s numbers have remained stable at 18.3% of overall immigrants to Canada over the past decade. Immigration throughout the rest of Canada adds up to just under 15% of the total number.

Following the Harper government’s creation of the Express Entry immigration system in 2015, there has been a shift away from favouring immigrants with specific occupation criteria to instead a system which welcomes immigrants who possess Canadian education credentials and work experience. Prior to the Express Entry system, occupational limitations favoured immigrants with specialized skills such as those suited to the oil fields in Alberta.

At first this increase in immigration to Ontario was thought to be due to the massive resettlement of Syrian refugees who were sponsored to come to the province. Instead, numbers are showing how the results of the Express Entry system as well as the changes to the economy in the country’s Western provinces continue to favour Ontario.

Please see the graph below with statistics for immigration to Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec.

Borders Law Firm, situated in North Toronto, continues to grow and welcome clients who wish to settle in the GTA through the Express Entry system. The rise in the number of immigrants to the province helps Ontario maintain its status as the engine of economic growth in the country.



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Ranjana Vashistha

It was an exceptional experience with border law firm. They take time to understand client situation and offer the best option. Devika is well knowledgeable lawyer and easy to connect with. John took care of my case and went above and beyond my expectation. He was always there to answer my question. The most responsible lawyer I ever meet, to meet my deadlines, I know he worked many evenings and weekends. I strongly recommend this law firm. In fact no one should go to consultant. My each and every penny spend with this firm is worth more. I am thankful to Devika and John for helping me and my family for our immigration needs.

Richa Jain

Our biggest dilemma while researching for an Immigration Consultant was someone we could trust and that could manage our application well. We are so glad to have found Borders Law Firm. Devika gave us exceptional guidance due to which we got ICT Work Permit approval. Big thanks and appreciation for Jenny Mao for such professionalism and dexterity shown while handling our application. Kudos to BLF team for their superb work and simply for the trustworthiness they have ..… Best Wishes !

Madhuker Akula

Associated with Borders Law Firm for 13+ years, I have nothing but the best things to say about their services. Devika and Andres are very knowledgeable and they treat you with respect and compassion. Working with Jenny, their Associate Lawyer during the most recent recent experience has further assured that the firm has the best people portraying their wealth of experience in all aspects of Canadian immigration law.

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I and my family want to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Devika, John and the team at Borders Law firm for assisting us with the PRTD application at a time when most processing was closed due to lockdowns. They also worked proactively with us to establish a good strategy with back up plans which gave us sufficient information and assurance. Very responsive and forthcoming with information. Proactive in processing but at the same time they put enough time in the application and the supporting details to have high quality of the application. As a result our application was processed in 1 go at a time when it was critical and sensitive time for the family. Thank you again.

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