A new Statistics Canada report reveals that Canadian Immigration remains the main drivers of population growth with a total increase of 321,065 new immigrants in 2018.
In the starting of 2019, Canada’s population reached 37,314,442 following a record increase of new immigrants in the fourth quarter of 2018.
In the entire year of 2018, Canada's population grew by over half a million, or 528,421 people. International migration accounted for 80.5 percent of the growth, representing a combined total of 425,245 new immigrants and temporary residents to the country.
Temporary residents in Canada are individuals who have been legally granted the right to live in Canada on a temporary basis on a visit, work, student permit or any other temporary status granted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The reported immigration numbers overpower the natural growth numbers (birth minus deaths) for the year, which is recorded at 103,176.
The Statistics Canada report indicates that the population growth bump is unusual for the fourth quarter of a year, as this is when population growth slows down due to seasonal patterns.
The above graph indicates that international migration is the major driver of the population growth because of the initiatives introduced by the Canadian government to improve the widely acclaimed immigration system. The Express Entry System was introduced in the year 2015.
The Express Entry system is designed to facilitate the processing of applications for Canada's three main economic immigration program- The Federal Skilled Worker Program, The Federal Skilled Trade Program, and The Canadian Experience Class. A record-breaking 89,800 invitations were issued by the Canadian government through the Express Entry system in 2018.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, IRCC released its three-year immigration levels plan for 2019-2021. The numbers of invitations are annually set at 350,000 by 2021- this is nearly one percent of Canada’s population.
The immigration level plan is also introduced for Provincial Nomination Programs which has a target set to rise from 61,000 new admissions in 2019 to 71,300 new admissions in 2021.
The PNP allows participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a set number of eligible applicants for Canadian Permanent residence each year in order to meet the local labor market needs.
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