Immigrants make up nearly a quarter of Canadian population in 2021

Immigrants make up nearly a quarter of Canadian population in 2021
Pedestrians walk down St. Catherine street Monday April 6, 2020 in Montreal.

The latest release of 2021 census data shows immigrants make up nearly a quarter of all people in Canada, and are projected to represent a third of people in the country by 2041.

Immigration now makes up the largest portion of the population since Confederation, with more than 8.3 million people in the country who were, or had ever been, a landed immigrant or permanent resident.

British Columbia had the third highest distribution of recent immigrants in Canada with 14.9 per cent of recent immigrants settling in the province. This is behind Ontario with 44 per cent and Quebec with 15.3 per cent. Alberta follows close behind B.C. with 14.5 per cent.

Photo courtesty Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada says immigration is the main driver of population growth, in part because of the aging population and low fertility rates in the country.

Immigrants also made up four-fifths of labour force growth from 2016 to 2021.

Previously, the majority of immigrants to Canada came from Europe, but now most immigrants come from Asia, including the Middle East.

One in five immigrants to Canada were born in India, making it the top country of birth for recent arrivals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2022.

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