Canada attains a milestone as its population touches 40 million mark
Immigrants help Canada attain a milestone; population touches 40 million
New immigrants have contributed in a big way to help Canada achieve yet another milestone as its population touched the 40 million mark on Thursday.
According to data released by Statistics Canada, the country’s population is currently growing at a record-setting pace. In 2022, the number of Canadians rose by 1,050,110. This marks the first time in Canadian history that its population grew by over 1 million people in a single year, and the highest annual population growth rate (+2.7%) on record since 1957 (+3.3%).
While that previous record is mostly attributed to the high number of births during the post-war baby boom, international migration accounted for nearly all growth recorded in 2022 (96%).
If this rate of population growth was to stay constant in the years to come, the Canadian population could double in about 26 years, Statistics Canada said.
In 2021, more than 8.3 million people, or almost one quarter (23%) of the population, were or had ever been, landed immigrants or permanent residents in Canada. This was the largest proportion since Confederation, topping the previous 1921 record of 22.3%, and the highest among the G7.
This growth is reflected across Canada. In 2022, every single province and territory recorded a growing population, except for the Northwest Territories.
Canada’s population clock uses a real-time model based on Statistics Canada’s quarterly demographic estimates. The numbers for Canada and for each province and territory are updated in real-time based on the most recent birth, death and migration data.
The clock also shows the time it takes for a demographic event (birth, death or migration component) to occur in Canada. However, the clock does not reflect when the events themselves actually occur. Rather, it shows the average pace of Canada’s population renewal in real-time.
The census of population is conducted every five years. It provides a snapshot of Canada at a specific point in time and also provides counts for small regions and characteristics of the population according to various variables. Statistics Canada complements this data with ongoing population estimates that track demographic shifts between censuses.
Canada is by far leading the G7 countries for population growth. This was certainly true in 2022 and has been the case for the last two decades.