Canada’s population grew by more than a million people in one year for the first time in history, and this was due to immigration.
Between January 1, 2022 and January 1, 2023, the population of Canada grew by 2.7%, or more than one million people (1,050,110), to almost 40 million, according to Statistics. This is the highest annual population growth since 1957.
In this record year the population had increased by 3.3% in one year due to the post-war “baby boom” and the wave of immigration caused by the Hungarian revolution in 1956.
In 2022, 95.9% of the growth will come from immigration, helping the government’s efforts to alleviate the labor shortage, itself due to the elderly population, in particular.
Forecasters also estimate that Canada’s population will double in about 26 years.
Population growth is ultimately fueling shortages of housing and infrastructure, the transport system and services.
Thus, Canada is first among the G7 countries (which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain and the United States of America) in terms of population growth, and in the top 20 in the world after a large part of Africa. nations
In 2022, Canada welcomed 437,180 immigrants, and this number lists the number of immigration applications processed during the year by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
The number of non-permanent residents increased by 607,782 people in 2022, exceeding the number of immigrants over the same period for the first time. These two numbers are kept at the highest level.
“All provinces and territories have achieved an estimated net increase in the number of non-permanent residents by the year 2022 of over-100, due to increased work permits and traditional studies, and due to an increase in asylum seekers”; we can read on the website of the federal government.
The creation of a development institution for people who fled Ukraine following the Russian invasion played an important role in increasing the number of permanent residents in the country.
The data, released Wednesday by Statistics Canada, is based on the updated 2016 Census, as well as the population estimate from May 2016.
Data based on census date 2021 will be paid in September 2023.