New data from Statistics Canada has revealed that immigration was the major driving force behind the population increase in Canada from the start of January till the end of March 2019. In the first quarter of 2019, a total of 98,410 people moved to Canada and the population of the country increased to 37.4 million by April 1.
Immigration accounted for 83 per cent of the population growth in the first quarter of 2019, while natural population growth contributed only 17 percent. Natural population growth means the difference between births and deaths during a particular period. In Canada, natural population growth witnessed a record low in the first quarter of 2019, with only around 17000 more number of births than deaths.
The Statistics Canada report predicts that the downward trend in the share of natural increase in population is likely to continue. It may lead to Canada increasingly depending on international migration for sustaining adequate population growth.
However, it should also be taken into consideration that natural increase in population is generally lower in Canada in the first quarter of every year, owing to a number of seasonal factors. However, data shows that there have never been so many deaths recorded in a single quarter as in 2019.
It should be noted that despite immigration contributing in a major way towards population growth, the number of new permanent residents received by Canada was the lowest, at 65959 compared to the first quarter of any year since 2015. At the same time, Canada witnessed the largest increase in the number of non-permanent residents admitted to the country since 1989. A 31,547 increase in the number of non-permanent residents in the first quarter of 2019 was the major driver of population growth during this period, according to Statistics Canada.
Every Canadian province except Newfoundland & Labrador witnessed a growth in population in the first quarter of 2019. The highest population growth was witnessed by Ontario and Alberta, where the growth rate was 0.4 per cent. The national growth rate was 0.3 per cent on an average during this period and the total population of Canada came to around 37,067,011.
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