The official data estimates Canada’s population at 39 million people as of April 1, 2022. It has witnessed a rise of nearly 128,000 people over three months from January 1. Immigration alone accounted for 92.5% of Canada’s population growth.
The highest rate of population growth in the first quarter of 2022 remarks the continuation of growth rates noticed before the travel restrictions came into effect around March 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Experts are linking the rise in population to record-level of economic-class immigration in Canada. Canada welcomed 113,700 new immigrants In the first quarter of 2022. The largest number in any first quarter since quarterly data became available in 1946.
Economic-class immigrants includes graduate-level professionals with relevant work experience, otherwise eligible to qualify for Canadian permanent residency.
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Ontario and New Brunswick Receive Highest Immigrants
The rise in population levels and increasing immigration levels identified as the contributing factor opens more scope for regional development. The region-wise rise in immigration show record rise in population levels in the provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Nunavut, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward island.
Between January-March 2022 Ontario’s population surpassed 15 million people. The province of New Brunswick is also experiencing unprecedented growth in population as data shows the population now exceeds 800,000.
During the 2021-2022 fiscal year, 6,581 immigrants arrived in the province, and over 10,000 people moved to New Brunswick from Ontario.
The northern province of Canada, Nunavut also saw gains by exceeding 40,000 people. Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island followed by 0.4% and 0.8% increase in population figures respectively.
Other provinces continued to experience steady growth. Know more on>> How to qualify for PR under Canada PNP?
More Temporary Work Permit Holders For Canada PR
Canada is known to target permanent residents directly. It means any eligible candidate with enough work experience and language proficiency can qualify for permanent residency.
Our immigration experts are seeing a trend where Canada is issuing unlimited number of work permits to several thousand temporary workers. In the first quarter of 2022, over 28,000 temporary workers arrived in Canada.
Infact, the number of work permit holders in Canada jumped from 111,000 to 770,000 over the past decade.
Canada is targeting temporary work permit holder and the experience they gain during the stay to offer new permanent residency arrive.
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Planning Your Canadian Immigration
Canada could face large gaps in the workforce that can’t be filled by natural-born Canadians as early as 2030.
Canada is increasing its immigration levels to recover its economy post-pandemic and recover from the prevalent demographic shock of aging population and low birth rate.
Canada offers over 100 economic immigration pathways for skilled workers. The most popular programs are the Express Entry system, the Provincial Nominee Program, and Quebec Immigration Program.
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