Canada sees fastest population growth since baby boom, driven by immigration: StatCan


Canada’s quarterly population growth rate, driven primarily by new immigrants, was the highest since the height of the baby boom, according to new data from Statistics Canada (StatCan).

Canada’s population In the second quarter of 2022, it increased by 0.7% to reach 284,982, according to data released on September 28. That’s an increase of over 3,100 people per day. This also surpassed the previous record set in the third quarter of 1957. , when the population increased by 0.8 percent, or 133,000 people.

International immigration accounted for 94.5% of the growth, marking a record quarterly increase in immigration. However, about 60% of the immigrants are considered non-permanent residents, and many stay here for work or study, in addition to asylum seekers, including Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression. increase.

In the release, StatCan I got it The increase in immigration “could be a result of growth catching up after a fall in immigration early in the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In 2021, Canada set a one-year population growth record with a 1.8% increase, or just over 700,000 people. This beat her 1.4% recorded just before the pandemic. In 2020, the population growth rate was just 0.6%.

Last year, Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick experienced the highest population growth since the 1867 Union. Immigration into these provinces occurred evenly between the rest of Canada and outside of Canada.

Many Canadians moved from Ontario to other parts of the country last year, leaving a total of 349,563. This was his highest number since 1989 and an increase of almost 40% over the previous year.

According to StatCan, most of those leaving Ontario are young adults who are probably leaving because the pandemic has made it possible to work from home and the affordability of housing elsewhere. prize.

David Wagner