Canada’s population hits an all-time high after 60 years, breaking records

Canada’s population just broke a record for the first time in over 60 years

“Canada Breaks Population Growth Record for the First Time in 60 Years

The recent statistics released by Statistics Canada reveal a historic milestone for the country – the highest population growth rate since 1957. This significant achievement has put Canada’s population at an estimated 40,528,396 as of October 1, marking an increase of 430,635 people from July 1st. The last time Canada experienced such rapid growth was during the post-war era, driven by the baby boom and immigration influx following the Hungarian Revolution. Now, 66 years later, Canada has surpassed its previous records, with population growth rates exceeding the national level in several regions.

Regional Variations in Population Growth

The report highlights that Alberta, Prince Edward Island, and Ontario have all seen population growth rates higher than the national average of 1.1 percent. However, the Northwest Territories experienced a slight decrease of 0.5 percent. International migration has been cited as the primary driver, accounting for a whopping 96 percent of the country’s population growth in the third quarter. On the other hand, natural increase – the difference between births and deaths – is expected to remain low due to factors such as an aging population and lower fertility levels.

Immigration Trends and Non-Permanent Residents

Canada has continued to welcome a significant number of immigrants, with 107,972 newcomers arriving in the third quarter. This brings the total immigration count to 371,299, which is 79.8 percent of the annual target set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Additionally, the number of non-permanent residents has surged to 2,511,437, marking the largest quarterly increase since 1971. The rise in non-permanent residents has been attributed to an increase in work and study permit holders, as well as an uptick in refugee claimants.

Looking Ahead

As Canada celebrates its population growth milestone, it also faces the challenges that come with demographic shifts. The aging population and lower fertility rates are anticipated to impact natural increase, while the continued inflow of immigrants and non-permanent residents will shape the country’s cultural and economic landscape. As we embrace this new era of growth and diversity, it’s pertinent to recognize and address the opportunities and challenges that accompany it, contributing to a more inclusive and sustainable future for all Canadians.”



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