Canada welcomed 49,175 family class immigrants in 2020
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released the final statistics for 2020. Canada admitted 49,175 immigrants in the family class. This number includes 36,025 sponsored spouses, 10,440 sponsored parents and grandparents, 2,470 sponsored children, and 215 other relatives. The total number of the family class newcomers has dropped by almost a half compared to 2019 when IRCC granted permanent residence to 91,300 immigrants. The biggest decrease is for sponsored spouses and parents. According to the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, IRCC hopes to admit 80,000 sponsored spouses and 23,500 sponsored parents and grandparents this year.