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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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 !

Param Tooray

Me and my wife turned to Borders Law Firm when I was trying to migrate to Canada as I am a UK citizen and my wife was born in Canada. They made the process really easy for us guiding us all the way. I am now a permanent resident in Canada thanks to Jenny and Devika. We would definitely recommend this firm to anyone looking to move to Canada you will not be disappointed!!

Neha K

Borders Law firm - Devika OMG where do I start from.... so I got her number from my CA who I have been getting my taxes filed from last ten years. I was not sure what will happen to my mom's files becuase I had already tried four times before and everytime there was something or the other that happened and my application was not accepted... Devika has been my good luck, an angel in my life and a miracle believe it or not. I wish I could give you the details about why it was so so so important for my mom to get this immigration but unfortunately I can't share my personal details but I can tell you all one thing, that Devika and her team not only helped me with my mom's immigration case but also helped me with her super visa extension and all other obstacles we faced. I had no idea that my file can get approved so fast. Today I feel like my dream of having my mom here permanently came true all because of Devika.She is very knowledgeable, super patient, went out of her way to do, spent extra hours assisting me and completing this file. Always understood and heard my issues, with patience. I don't know how many times I cried with her and she always gave me hope and strength to be patient and wait for the approval. Honestly I am very impressed how she adds human touch to her immigration cases and treats the families with so much love and always been very professional as well. Devika is the best, she has an awesome awesome team. I can go on and on and on about her. I always suggest my friends her name and tell them about her services.It feels so good when I give her number to people in need of a good immigration lawyer, because in my heart I know that Devika will be able to help them with their immigration very well.She is the best Thank you Devika for being a great lawyer,a great human being and an angel in my life. Himanshi (Mansi)


I can't thank Devika enough. Devika and team has been very co-operative and active throughout my appliction process. I have had the best experience with BORDERS LAW FIRM. Devika's always given the bestest of the advice and helped making the right choice and decision. Thanks to the team for all their hard work and attention to detail.

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