The number of PRs becoming Canadian citizens hit hard by COVID-19
The number of people becoming new Canadian citizens has decreased drastically compared to a year ago. According to IRCC, 61,008 applicants obtained citizenship from January to May in 2020, which decreased by 42.9% from 106,912 people in the same period of 2019. Only two people in April and 53 people in May became citizens due to the pandemic. Most of the new citizens were born in Asia, followed by Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Te top five countries of origin of the new Canadians are the Philippines, India, Iran, China, and Pakistan.