As of April 2022, Canada’s population growth was assessed to be approximately 39 million people. This is a population spike of nearly 128,000 people over a quarter from January. This embarks as the highest growth rate in the first three months of the year.
Ontario and New Brunswick Touching New Heights
The population growth is quite apparent in these two Canadian provinces. In the first quarter of 2022 Ontario’s population exceeded 15 million people. It is also known as Canada’s most populous province and the country’s largest city.
New Brunswick is also witnessing exponential growth in population as data proves that it has increased by 800,000. Between 2021-2022, 6581 immigrants landed in the province and over 10,000 people relocated to New Brunswick from Ontario. Nunavut, a Canadian territory situated in the north also breaks the record by going beyond 40,000 people. Further, Nova Scotia saw a 0.4% growth and Prince Edward Island 0.8%. Other Canadian provinces continue to see steady growth.
Immigration Contributed to Population Growth in Canada
This population growth widely contributes to immigration. In the first three months of 2022, Canada welcomed 113,700 new immigrants, the largest number in any quarter since 1946. These numbers mark an upsurge of 62% over the first quarter of 2021 and a 64% hike from the same time frame in 2020.
Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024
Canada striving to achieve a strong immigration strategy to back up the demands of the labour market in the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan. It also outlines Canada’s immigration targets for permanent residents in the near future.
Canada is all set to exceed its 2021 target by inviting 405,000 newcomers. The last quarter of the year 2021 saw 138,000 permanent residents which were an all-time quarterly high. This year, Canada targets to invite 431,645 new permanent residents and 451,000 by 2024.
Canada is Experiencing More Temporary Work Permit Holders
An Immigration Levels Plan aims at inviting permanent workers to Canada. Every year IRCC issues several work permits to temporary workers. In the first three months of 2022, over 28000 temporary workers landed in Canada. A recent study suggests that many new permanent residents land in Canada on a temporary work permit and utilize the experience they garner to atta
Canada needs to increase immigration levels due to the low birth rate and aging population. It has been forecasted that by 2030, 9 million workers from the baby boomer generation will retire at the age of 65, leaving a huge gap in the labor force that cannot be filled by natural-born Canadians. To overcome this, Canada offers more than 100 economic pathways for skilled professionals to settle and work in the country.