The population of Canada has officially hit 34,019,000, its largest population ever. Here are some interesting stats:
According to Statistics Canada, the population growth across the nation between April 1, 2010 and January 1, 2010 was 88,000 people. Most of this growth, almost two-thirds or 71 per cent of it, can be attributed to immigration with only the remaining one-third or 29 per cent attributable to births.
Statistics Canada did note, that immigration’s contribution to growth had actually slowed this year when compared to other years because of a net drop in non-permanent residents, or people on work and study permits, refugee claimants as well as their family members.
Western provinces British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba reported the largest population increased throughout the country for the first quarter of the year, and Saskatchewan saw the largest population increase of these provinces over three months in almost 40 years. Over the months from January to April, British Columbia’s population grew by 0.37 per cent. Saskatchewan’s population grew 0.36 per cent, coming in second place. The Yukon territory reported a population growth of 0.75 per cent.
Ontario’s population grew by 0.25 per cent in the first quarter of 2010, bringing Ontario’s current population to approximately 13,167,900.
Since the beginning of the year, the total Canadian population as a whole has grown by 0.26 per cent.
Each province aside from Nova Scotia experienced an increase in their populations for the first part of the year.
As our population ages, immigration will be even more crucial to sustain Canada’s population in the coming decade and beyond. Our labor market needs a steady flow of immigrants to make up for the short fall of people of working-age in the coming years. Lets hope the government gets the message and adopts more immigrant-friendly policies to meet Canada’s needs otherwise we will fall behind in the global marketplace.
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