Canada’s population grew to nearly 39 million people as on April 1, 2022, which means an increase of around 128 people over a period of three months starting from January 1. This is the highest rate of growth recorded in the first quarter of a year since 1990. This unprecedented population growth rate is mainly attributed to Canada immigration.
In the first quarter of 2022, more than 113700 new immigrants were admitted to Canada, the largest number of immigrants to be admitted in any first quarter since 1946. It indicates an increase of 62% over the first quarter of 2021 and 64% increase from the same period in 2020.
Canada to welcome more immigrants
As per the Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-24, the country will be admitting more than 400,000 new immigrants each year. In 2021, Canada welcomed over 405000 new permanent residents. In the last three months of 2021 alone, Canada admitted more than 13800 permanent residents. Canada’s target for 2022 is 431645 permanent residents. By 2024, the country will be welcoming more than 451000 new immigrants a year.
Canada has a low birth rate and a population that is aging fast. So it needs to increase the immigration levels constantly. It is expected that more than nine million members of the Canadian labour force would hit the retirement age by 2030. But Canada does not have enough young population to replace them. So the country is planning to resolve these gaps by welcoming more immigrants.
Canada immigration system
Canada has a highly sophisticated immigration system and offers more than 100 economic immigration pathways to potential new immigrants. The most popular immigration programs are Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program and Quebec Immigration Program.
Though Express Entry draws have been targeting only Provincial Nominee Program candidates in the past few months, Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has assured that the country would be resuming all program Express Entry draws on July 6. This will further boost the population growth rate.
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