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Canada’s Growth


On February 8, 2017, Statistics Canada released some of their results of the 2016 Census count on population and dwellings, gathered on May 10, 2016, also known as Census Day.

Canada’s population is currently 35, 151, 728 people (as of Census Day). From 2011, the date of the last census, to 2016, Canada’s population has increased by 1.7 million people, with about 2/3rds of this growth occurring as a result of migratory increase, or the difference between the number of immigrants (people coming to Canada from other countries) and emigrants (people leaving Canada for other countries).

Following in the pattern of the other G7 countries (USA, Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom), migratory increase is the main driver in Canada’s population growth, largely as a result of low fertility, and an aging population. Statistics Canada predict that in the coming years, population growth in Canada will be increasingly linked to migratory increase rather than natural increase (the difference between the number of births and deaths.)

The municipality of Vancouver, where our firm is located, was recorded as having the highest population density in Canada, with more than 5,400 people per square km and a total population of 2,463,431. Vancouver ranks in the top 3 largest metropolitan areas in Canada, behind Toronto and Montreal. The province of British Columbia as a whole is also rapidly increasing in popularity, with the total population up 5.6% since the last census in 2011.

To learn how you can potentially come to Canada on a temporary or permanent basis, please contact our immigration team.

Source(s): www.statcan.gc.ca; World Bank, “Population, total,” 1960 to 2015; Statistics South Africa; Statistics Canada; Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (Argentina); Russian Federation Federal State Statistics Service; National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (France); Eurostat (the European Union) and Statistics Japan.