Canada’s population has now surpassed 40 million people

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Canada’s population has reached a significant milestone, hitting 40 million people just before 3 pm on Friday, June 16. According to Statistics Canada, the country’s population growth rate currently stands at 2.7%, its highest since 1957 during the postwar baby boom. This growth rate is due to a few factors, including recent birth trends, deaths, and international migration data. 

Last year saw a record increase of 1.05 million people, 96% of that increase due to international migration. Statistics Canada predicts that Canada’s population could reach 50 million as early as 2043 if current trends continue. This projection underscores the importance of ongoing efforts to manage population growth and ensure that Canada remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

The significant turning moment in the history of the country comes after a year of growth that broke all previous records. Most of the 1.1 million new permanent and temporary residents that were included in Canada’s population in 2022 were immigrants. The increase allowed the 40-million milestone to be achieved faster than expected.

It’s a wonderful chance to celebrate Canada’s growth and reflect on how far we have actually come as a country.

“Canada has reached an exciting milestone. It is a clear indication that Canada is still a vibrant, welcoming nation with lots of promise,” according to chief statistician Anil Arora, who made the statement to the media.

Immigration Levels Plan

One of the key strategies that the country uses to deal with its demographic concerns is immigration. The population of Canada is aging, and the country’s natural birth rate is insufficient to increase it. As a result, Canada needs immigrants to support both the growth and sustainability of its workforce.

Nearly all of the increase in Canada’s workforce may be due to immigration. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada anticipates that by 2023, immigrants will make up roughly 30% of the country’s population.

Over 460,000 new immigrants will be welcomed annually, according to Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan. The objectives of Canadian immigration are to support the economy, reunite families, and aid refugees

Canada’s goal for new immigrants in 2023 is 465,000 new permanent residents. By 2024, the goal will increase to 485,000 then 500,000.


Post-war Baby Boom

The number of births unexpectedly grew in Canada and many other countries after the Second World War. With fertility hitting a peak of 3.94 children per woman in 1959, Canada saw one of the strongest post-war baby booms in the world. That is over three times higher than the previous record low, which was 1.41 in 2020.

A record-breaking number of 463,000 babies were born in Canada in 1960. In comparison, just 368,000 babies were born in 2021, despite the fact that the population as a whole was more than twice as large as it was in 1960.

Canada’s population peaked at 20 million people in 1966, at the end of the baby boom period, with a substantial proportion of children between the years of 0 and 14.

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