Permanent Residents in Canada hits record
The maximum number of permanent residents in Canada are welcomed in a single calendar year for more than a century. Calculations show that Canada welcomed a total of 321,065 new immigrants in 2018. According to Statistics Canada, the number of people coming to Canada under permanent resident status in the final quarter of 2018 was 71,131.
This number is the maximum for a single year in more than 100 years, with 401,000 immigrants coming to Canada in 1913. 80 percent of Canada’s population increase, which was a total of 528,421 in 2018, was the result of immigration.
Since the 1950s, this number is accounted to be the highest annual rise in Canada’s population. By growing 1.4 percent in 2018, Canada’s population growth was the strongest among all of the G7 countries. It also noted to be the fastest growth rate for a single year.
It is also important to note that Canada’s natural population growth in 2018 was only 103,176. This illustrates the lowest number since the 1940s when modern records started.
The immigration increased the population of 7 out of ten Canadian provinces, leading Ontario. The number of permanent residents in Ontario increased by more than 25,000, growing from 111,950 new immigrants to 137,395.
British Columbia held the second position with an increase in the figures of newcomers in 2018, by increasing 6,500 to 44,975
However, the number of newcomers to the Atlantic provinces remained low while three out of four provinces saw an immigration increase. The Government is expecting to see a higher number of permanent residents in Canada in 2019.
Surprisingly, for the last 2 years, the number of newcomers to Quebec declined despite the development in the province’s economy. Immigration to the French-speaking province dropped by 2,130 from 53,245 to 51,115 between 2016-2018.
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