June 25, 2024

Canada’s Population Soars Beyond 41 Million

Canada's population has reached a noteworthy milestone, surpassing 41 million individuals in just one year, largely driven by immigration. This article examines the factors driving this population surge and discusses its implications for the nation. Additionally, we will explore regional variations, focusing on the Maritime provinces, and analyze trends among non-permanent residents.

Canada Hits a Milestone: Population Exceeds 41 Million

Canada's population has surpassed 41 million as of April 1, 2024, reaching 41,012,563. This milestone comes less than a year after Canada reached 40 million on June 16, 2023. In the first quarter of 2024 alone, the population grew by 242,673 people, reflecting a quarterly increase of 0.6%, consistent with previous growth rates.

The Driving Force: International Migration

Nearly all of Canada's population growth in the first quarter of 2024, totaling 99.3%, stemmed from international migration, encompassing both permanent and temporary immigration. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set ambitious targets for 2024, evident in the influx of immigrants. The arrival of 121,758 permanent immigrants in the first quarter aligns closely with the country’s demand for skilled workers.

Regional Spotlight: The Maritimes

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island in the Maritime provinces have experienced remarkable growth, each recording their highest quarterly immigration numbers since 1971. This surge is fueled by the demand for skilled workers, with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick each welcoming nearly 4,000 immigrants, and Prince Edward Island receiving over 1,300 newcomers.

Temporary Immigration: Trends and Development

Temporary immigration remains a pivotal aspect, though its growth trajectory is stabilizing. In the first quarter of 2024, Canada welcomed 131,810 non-permanent residents (NPRs), marking a slight increase compared to the previous year but one of the smallest net increases since mid-2022. The total number of NPRs has now reached a record high of approximately 2.8 million.

Notably, there has been a significant decrease in individuals holding only study permits, contrasting with an increase in those with work permits. This shift potentially reflects evolving policies or economic dynamics impacting students and workers in distinct ways.

Interprovincial Migration: Alberta's Growth

Alberta emerged as the top gainer in interprovincial migration during the first quarter of 2024, with a net increase of 12,482 residents drawn from other provinces and territories. This trend underscores Alberta's ongoing appeal as a destination for Canadians seeking new opportunities. Ontario and British Columbia contributed significantly to Alberta's population growth, reflecting a migration pattern driven by economic prospects.

Conversely, Ontario recorded the largest net loss, with 9,020 residents moving to other provinces and territories. This marks Ontario's 17th consecutive quarter of net losses in interprovincial migration, highlighting ongoing demographic shifts within Canada.

Understanding Data: Statistics Canada and IRCC

Statistics Canada collaborates closely with IRCC and other federal departments to estimate the population of non-permanent residents (NPRs) in Canada. However, discrepancies in the objectives of Statistics Canada's Demographic Estimates Program and IRCC emphasize the need for caution when comparing data from these sources. Demographic estimates are regularly updated to reflect new or revised data as it becomes available.

Canada's Evolving Demographic Landscape

Canada's population growth, fueled by both permanent and temporary immigration, underscores its global appeal as a desired destination. The substantial increases seen in the Maritime provinces underscore regional shifts and the pivotal contribution of skilled workers to the national economy. Alberta's ongoing ability to attract residents from other provinces underscores its economic allure. As Canada progresses, grasping these dynamics becomes essential for policymakers, businesses, and communities. Insights from trends in population growth and migration offer valuable perspectives on Canada's evolving demographic landscape, influencing its future in profound ways.

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