Canada’s future prosperity depends on immigration. Studies by The Conference Board of Canada show that immigration leads to GDP growth, improves the worker-to-retiree ratio, and eases labour shortages that add to inflation. To meet Canada’s immigration goals, the country must not only attract newcomers but also retain them. Yet very few attempts have been made to evaluate Canada’s immigrant retention rate.
What is the situation in Canada? Is onward migration—immigrants leaving Canada—increasing among more recent cohorts of immigrants? And if so, what are their reasons for leaving? At what point in the settlement journey are immigrants most likely to leave? And what is the key to retaining immigrants to Canada?
Read the issue briefing for our full analysis.
Pairing immigration policy and a retention strategy
Explaining and measuring onward migration
Most onward migration happens in the early years
Cumulative onward migration is on the rise
Spike in onward migration in 2017 and 2019
A call to action on immigrant retention