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Permanent residents


Canada – Permanent residents by category (principal applicants)

* Deferred removal orders class and post-determination refugee claimants in Canada
**Humanitarian and Compassionate

Number
Category 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Spouses and partners 34,273 29,434 33,859 38,312 39,766 39,455 39,760 39,634 39,082 36,338
Sons and daughters 3,523 3,215 3,260 2,855 3,082 3,011 3,209 3,111 2,911 2,865
Parents and grandparents 11,076 11,439 9,927 6,706 5,729 9,588 8,011 8,520 9,022 8,253
Others 2,047 2,136 2,392 2,220 2,160 1,932 2,082 1,461 1,061 1,126
Family class 50,919 46,224 49,438 50,093 50,737 53,986 53,062 52,726 52,076 48,582
Skilled workers  58,910 52,974 45,377 47,894 52,269 44,161 41,251 43,361 40,733 48,821
Canadian experience class 1,775 2,532
Entrepreneurs 1,608 1,176 781 668 750 820 580 446 370 291
Self-employed 705 636 446 366 302 320 204 164 181 174
Investors  1,768 1,234 972 1,671 2,591 2,201 2,025 2,832 2,872 3,223
Provincial/territorial nominees 410 680 1,417 2,086 2,643 4,672 6,329 8,343 11,801 13,856
Live-in caregivers 1,874 1,521 2,230 2,496 3,063 3,547 3,433 6,157 6,273 7,664
Economic immigrants 65,275 58,221 51,223 55,181 61,618 55,721 53,822 61,303 64,005 76,561
Government-assisted refugees 3,392 3,021 3,007 2,813 2,683 2,762 2,789 2,770 2,883 2,820
Privately sponsored refugees 1,654 1,343 1,611 1,436 1,449 1,545 1,627 1,560 2,194 2,109
Refugees landed in Canada 8,391 7,483 8,412 11,181 13,776 10,646 8,023 4,880 5,206 6,309
Refugee dependants 1,405 1,535 1,650 2,630 2,179 2,444 2,262 1,894 1,467 1,403
Refugees 14,842 13,382 14,680 18,060 20,087 17,397 14,701 11,104 11,750 12,641
Retirees, DROC and PDRCC* 109 -- 50 34 13 11 7 2 4 0
Temporary resident permit holders 0 -- 73 114 88 96 80 90 92 87
H and C** cases 0 463 1,691 2,062 2,046 2,462 2,546 2,022 1,907 1,827
Other H and C cases outside the family class / Public Policy 0 2,929 6,284 3,468 3,179 5,374 6,287 6,611 6,693 5,215
Other immigrants 109 3,476 8,098 5,678 5,326 7,943 8,920 8,725 8,696 7,129
Category not stated 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 5
Total 131,146 121,303 123,440 129,012 137,768 135,048 130,505 133,859 136,527 144,918

* Deferred removal orders class and post-determination refugee claimants in Canada
**Humanitarian and Compassionate

Percentage distribution
Category 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Spouses and partners 26.1 24.3 27.4 29.7 28.9 29.2 30.5 29.6 28.6 25.1
Sons and daughters 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.5 2.3 2.1 2.0
Parents and grandparents 8.4 9.4 8.0 5.2 4.2 7.1 6.1 6.4 6.6 5.7
Others 1.6 1.8 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.4 1.6 1.1 0.8 0.8
Family class 38.8 38.1 40.1 38.8 36.8 40.0 40.7 39.4 38.1 33.5
Skilled workers  44.9 43.7 36.8 37.1 37.9 32.7 31.6 32.4 29.8 33.7
Canadian experience class 1.3 1.7
Entrepreneurs 1.2 1.0 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.2
Self-employed 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1
Investors  1.3 1.0 0.8 1.3 1.9 1.6 1.6 2.1 2.1 2.2
Provincial/territorial nominees 0.3 0.6 1.1 1.6 1.9 3.5 4.8 6.2 8.6 9.6
Live-in caregivers 1.4 1.3 1.8 1.9 2.2 2.6 2.6 4.6 4.6 5.3
Economic immigrants 49.8 48.0 41.5 42.8 44.7 41.3 41.2 45.8 46.9 52.8
Government-assisted refugees 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.2 1.9 2.0 2.1 2.1 2.1 1.9
Privately sponsored refugees 1.3 1.1 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.6 1.5
Refugees landed in Canada 6.4 6.2 6.8 8.7 10.0 7.9 6.1 3.6 3.8 4.4
Refugee dependants 1.1 1.3 1.3 2.0 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.4 1.1 1.0
Refugees 11.3 11.0 11.9 14.0 14.6 12.9 11.3 8.3 8.6 8.7
Retirees, DROC and PDRCC* 0.1 -- 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Temporary resident permit holders 0.0 -- 0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
H and C** cases 0.0 0.4 1.4 1.6 1.5 1.8 2.0 1.5 1.4 1.3
Other H and C cases outside the family class / Public Policy 0.0 2.4 5.1 2.7 2.3 4.0 4.8 4.9 4.9 3.6
Other immigrants 0.1 2.9 6.6 4.4 3.9 5.9 6.8 6.5 6.4 4.9
Category not stated 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

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