Canada’s population grows at record level owing to high immigration levels

Canada population growth

Canada recorded the highest level of population growth in the third quarter of 2019, mainly driven by the high immigration levels. Canada has been making conscious efforts in the past few decades to improve its population growth. The major reasons for a low population growth in the country are low birth rate and an aging population. Canada is trying to overcome these hurdles by keeping the immigration levels high as it is difficult for the country to sustain its economic growth without a healthy population growth rate.


The total population of Canada, as on October 1, 2019, is 37,797,496. It shows an increase of 208,234 compared to the total population as on July 1, 2019. This is for the first time Canada is recording an increase in population by 200000 within just one quarter. It means a population increase of 0.6 per cent, which is so far the highest growth rate recorded in Canada ever since the current demographic accounting system was set up in July 1971. The major reason for this record rate of population growth is attributed to be the increase in the number of immigrants and non-permanent residents such as temporary workers in the country.


In the third quarter of 2019, an estimated 103,751 immigrants arrived in Canada. Around 83.4 per cent of the total Canadian population growth in the third quarter of 2019 is attributed to both permanent and temporary migrants. Among the provinces, the highest rate of population growth was recorded in British Columbia, an increase of 0.7 per cent. The lowest rate of growth was recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador at 0.1 per cent.


Experts expect that the population of Canada would continue to grow thanks to increased levels of immigration. However, the natural population growth of the country is predicted to remain low, mainly owing to the country’s population aging fast and low birth rate.


With high standards of living and better career opportunities, Canada is attracting immigrants from across the world. If you wish to explore your options to migrate to Canada, get in touch with our expert immigration consultants to know more!

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