CanadaJune 27, 2023by Lalith Kumar GhantaCanada’s population reaches 40 million people thanks to immigration

Canada’s population is continuously tracked by Statistics Canada through a “population clock” that estimates real-time population based on various factors such as births, deaths, and migration data. On Friday, June 16, the clock reached 40 million just before 3 pm, marking a significant milestone for the country. Chief Statistician Anil Arora described it as an exciting achievement that demonstrates Canada’s dynamism and welcoming nature.

The current population growth rate in Canada is 2.7%, the highest annual growth rate since the post-war baby boom in 1957. The population had reached 30 million in 1997 and could potentially reach 50 million by 2043 if the current trends continue, according to Statistics Canada. In 2022, Canada experienced a record increase of 1.05 million people, with 96% of the growth attributed to international migration, both permanent and temporary.

Immigration plays a crucial role in addressing Canada’s demographic challenges, as the country faces an aging population and a natural birth rate that is insufficient to sustain population growth. Immigration is expected to account for about 30% of Canada’s population by 2023, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. To address these needs, Canada has implemented its Immigration Levels Plan, aiming to welcome over 460,000 new immigrants each year.

The plan prioritizes economic immigration, followed by family class immigration, and includes a category for humanitarian and refugee cases. The goal is to strengthen the economy, reunite families, and assist refugees. In 2023, Canada’s target is to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents, with the numbers increasing to 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. The humanitarian and refugee category is expected to remain above 70,000 annually over the next three years.cropped-canada.png