All you need to know about the population in Canada before you immigrate

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All you need to know about the population in Canada before you immigrate

If you are planning to immigrate to Canada in 2018, we strongly recommend you to hire a team of experts to assist you in the visa application process. Aside from the application process, there are other types of preparation you should take before moving to Canada, such as learning more about what Canada has to offer you and how is life in Canada for immigrants. Therefore, Immigration News blog brings you this article with all you need to know about Canada’s population before you immigrate. Ready to start?

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Population in Canada by province

Canada has a small population in proportion to its size (8,965,588.85 km² of land area). In 2011, it had 33,476,688 inhabitants. According to the latest reports of Statistics Canada, after a 5% growth, Canada has nowadays 35,151,728 inhabitants (2016). The five biggest provinces in terms of population are, in order, Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. Not surprisingly, those provinces received the highest number of immigrants from 2011 to 2016.

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Population in Canada by age groups

Another key factor to analyze Canada’s population is ageing. Canada must increase the number of immigrants to prevent a fiscal and economic collapse posed by its ageing population and low birth rate. Hence, the government released an Immigration Plans for the next three years that forecast to admit 340,000 new immigrants a year. The federal authorities want to have by 2020 an increase of 13 percent in overall immigration numbers. Most newcomers should be in productive age since Canada plans to gradually fill labour gaps.

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Immigration and Canada’s population growth rates

Immigrants have been representing an important aspect of the populational growth in Canada in the past years. According to Statistics Canada data, 23.8% of the workers in Canada in 2016 were immigrants. It means almost one-quarter of the country’s labour force.

It’s considered immigrants, in the following chart, people who are, or who have ever been, landed immigrants or permanent residents. In other words, people who have been granted the right to live in Canada permanently by immigration authorities. Canadian citizens by naturalization are also included in this category. By ‘non-permanent residents’ we mean people from another country who have a work or study permit or who are refugee claimants, and their family members sharing the same permit and living in Canada with them.

Geographic name Total population Canadian citizens by birth Immigrants Newcomers
2011 to 2016
Non-permanent
residents
Canada 34,460,060 26,412,615 7,540,830 1,212,075 506,625
Ontario 13,242,160 9,188,820 3,852,145 472,170 201,200
Quebec 7,965,450 6,788,085 1,091,305 215,170 86,060
British Columbia 4,560,235 3,167,160 1,292,675 175,555 100,405
Alberta 3,978,145 3,062,780 845,220 207,790 70,155
Manitoba 1,240,700 996,860 227,465 63,210 16,370
Saskatchewan 1,070,560 945,810 112,495 47,935 12,260
Nova Scotia 908,340 842,760 55,675 11,790 9,900
New Brunswick 730,710 692,535 33,810 9,325 4,360
Newfoundland and Labrador 512,250 496,410 12,080 3,675 3,770
Prince Edward Island 139,685 129,405 8,940 3,360 1,340
Northwest Territories 41,135 37,135 3,690 815 310
Nunavut 35,580 34,605 920 165 55
Yukon 35,110 30,265 4,410 1,115 440

Canada expects to grow even more the immigration numbers to keep increasing it’s population until 2056, according to the following Statistics Canadaprojections on the chart.

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How to immigrate to Canada?

There are different ways you can immigrate to Canada and Mercan Group has the experience and the expertise to guide you through all of them. From picking an immigration category to giving you all the preparation need and filing your application forms, Mercan will be there for you. Also, preparing you for an interview with the Immigration Office and following up with the Visa. Mercan can represent you in an International Mobility Program (IMP), a Provincial Nominee Program or any other working program you pick. So, you can always count on Mercan Group of Companies to help you.

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