China is the second-most important source of new Canadian permanent residents who come through family sponsorship programs, reveals data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

In 2019, China provided Canada with 10,555 new permanent residents through these programs.

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

But China still retained its number two spot on the list of top sources of new permanent residents to Canada through family sponsorship programs in the first six months of 2020, the most recent period for which figures are available.

The number of Chinese who came to Canada under family sponsorship programs in the first six months of last year was only 2,930, or about 57.7 per cent less than the 6,935 who made the move in the comparable period in 2019.

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