The demographic estimates released quarterly by Statistics Canada revealed the lowest ever growth in population ever since quarterly data began to be available in 1946. In the third quarter of 2020, Canada’s growth rate in population was the lowest, with only 2,767 people added to the population.
The negative net international migration which was reached due to more people leaving Canada than those who moved in contributed to the slow growth rate. The following statistics will clarify this:
Quarter 1 of 2020
Canada’s population increased by around 70,000,fromnet international migration. The increase in population naturally was around 10,000.
Quarter 2 of 2020
There was an increase in Canada’s population by just under 10,000 from net international migration. The increase in population naturally was around 15,000.
Quarter 3 of 2020
Canada’s population growth for international migration fell further and reached –27,143. Even with the debacle, Canada managed to welcome a total of 40,069 new immigrants in this quarter. This was much better compared to the number of new immigrants in quarter 2 which was 34,271.
The sharp drop in the net number of non-PRs gave Canada’s population its largest impact. Like Canada PRs, in every third quarter, a large number of non-PRs are expected in Canada. But the COVID-induced border restrictions and transfer of many programs including those who were willing to study in Canada to online platforms turned the tables for Canada immigration too.
Now, Canada depends on its immigration for economic recovery in the post-COVID times even more. Hence, IRCC is keeping the processing of applications for Canada PR visas.
The provinces/territories that saw a decrease in population are the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
The provinces/territories where the population increased are Yukon, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec.
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PR – Permanent Resident
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada