There was an unprecedented surge in the number of immigrants to Canada in the period starting July 1st all the way to October 1st last year. This migration saw Canada’s population grow at a record pace within the three months.
Estimates by Canada Statistics indicated that the population increased by 183,715 during that quarter of 2018. It further indicated that never before has such figures been recorded since the introduction of its demographic accounting system.
International migration consisted of 146,531 people who arrived in Canada between July 1 and October 1. This was the largest group. Strong immigration levels and the coming of unprecedented number of people who are not permanent residents contributed to this massive international migration.
Out of the new arrivals, 79,417 consisted of non-permanent residents whereas 82, 316 were permanent ones. Most of these were study and work permit holders. The number of work permit holders who migrated into Canada during this quarter in 2018 was the fifth largest since 1971, Statistics Canada recorded.
With the natural population of Canada estimated at 37,184 – a figure arrived at after subtracting deaths from births. The number of deaths in the third quarter stood at 66,015 while the number of births was recorded as 103,199.
Statistics Canada further indicated that natural population continued to show a decline trend since the third quarter of the year 2012. This downward trend is expected to continue, the main reason being an upward trend in the ageing population.
What Province Leads Population Growth?
PEI dominated when it came to population growth. However, it was also noted that international migration was the main reason for population rise in at least nine provinces in Canada.
The Atlantic Canada province of Prince Edward Island which is the smallest province in Canada saw a one percent increase in population – the highest population growth recorded during that period.
PEI has created opportunities to attract skilled immigrants into the province. It has Provincial Nominee Program which continues to effectively address the issue of population decline in the province. That tactic has proved effective and promising when it comes to population decrease. The program has also addressed the issue of filling up the gap of out-migration to other provinces too.
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Significance of the Surge in International Migration
International migration helped calm down the effects of out-migration to other provinces in areas such as Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, and PEI – Statistics Canada indicated.
International migration also helped offset the effects of decrease in natural population in provinces such as New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia saw an unprecedented surge in non-permanent residents. In fact, British Columbia and Ontario posted never-seen-before figures of 15,478 and 40,495 in this category respectively