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Diverse British Columbia: Immigration in Western Canada


B.C. Immigrant

British Columbia is the third largest recipient of immigrants to Canada, welcoming more than 40,000 newcomers each year.

Ontario and B.C. had the largest populations of people born outside the country at the time of the 2011 Census. Around 3,611,400 immigrants lived in Ontario and about 1,191,900 immigrants lived in B.C.

Immigrants tend to move to larger metropolitan centres when they first arrive in Canada. So it comes as no surprise that Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal accounted for 63.4 per cent of the country’s overall immigrant population in 2011.

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