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Immigration to Canada continues to drive population growth rates upwards

population growth in Canada

In the three months between April and July in 2019, Canada’s provinces witnessed population growth at a rate recorded rarely before. The major driver of this remarkable population gains was immigration to Canada. During these three months, Canada’s population grew by 181,057 and on July 1, Canada’s total population was estimated to be 37,589,262.
A report by Statistics Canada points out that immigration to Canada accounted for around 85 percent of this quarterly growth. The report says further that the current rate is the second highest quarterly increase in absolute numbers recorded in the past 48 years. The total number of immigrants who arrived in Canada during the second quarter of 2019 was a record 94281.
According to the Statistics Canada report, the province that recorded the most rapid population growth in Canada during these three months was Prince Edward Island. The rate of population growth during the quarter was 0.8 per cent, which was mainly driven by the international immigration. Immigration accounted for 78.4 per cent of total population growth in the province.
The territory of Yukon emerged second in terms of population growth among the provinces and territories of Canada. The population growth rate of Yukon during the quarter was 0.6 per cent and immigration accounted for 62 per cent of the increase.
Meanwhile, the contribution of international migration to the total population growth in Quebec and Ontario was 87.1 per cent and 85.5 per cent respectively. International immigration has also played a significant role in the population growth in British Columbia and Alberta, by contributing 78.2 per cent and 61.1 per cent respectively to population growth.
According to Statistics Canada, the net international immigration to Canada has helped offset interprovincial migratory losses in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which resulted in positive population growth rates for both these provinces in the second quarter of 2019. At the same time, in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, international migration helped offset negative natural increases, resulting in population growth rates of 0.5 per cent and 0.4 per cent, respectively in the quarter.
While Newfound and Labrador witnessed an increase in international migration, the province reported negative population growth in the quarter, mainly owing to a high number of deaths compared to births.
Immigration to Canada being the driver of population growth in the country, Canada is keen about welcoming eligible immigrants who are capable of contributing to the growth of the economy and all-round prosperity of the country. There is no better time than now to take the first step towards making your Canada migration dream a reality. Contact us for more information.

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