India is the most important source of new permanent residents that come to Canada through family sponsorship programs, reveals data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

In 2019, India was the top country on a list of countries throughout the world that provided Canada with new permanent residents through these programs with 17,660 Indians being sponsored by family and coming to Canada that year.

Even as the Covid-19 pandemic raged throughout the world, India continued to hold that top spot through the first six months of 2020, the latest period for which figures are available.

Border restrictions and bans on all but essential international travel did hamper the arrival of immigrants to Canada last year.

The number of Indians who came to Canada under family sponsorship programs in the first six months of last year was only 4,140, or about 57.4 per cent less than the 9720 who made the move in the comparable period in 2019.

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