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Canada’s population growth slows to a standstill following reduced immigration in 2020

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The population growth rate in Canada stood still in the third quarter of 2020. The timeline for the third quarter was between July 1 and September 30, 2020. However, the net increase in the overall population of the country was 2,767 people. It is mainly due to the effect of COVID-19 on Canadian immigration.

Canada first introduced national quarterly data in 1946. Moreover, this is the slowest growth ever recorded since 1946. This information is according to the quarterly demographic estimate released by Statistics Canada.

The rate of growth was slow, mainly due to the negative net international migration. However, it means that the number of people that left the country was higher than the number of people who moved to Canada.

The population of Canada increased by about 70,000 in the first quarter of 2020 from net international migration. However, the population increased by around 10,000 naturally (the difference between deaths and births).

This decrease in population occurred due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Canadian government in March 2020. However, these travel restrictions played a great part in slowing down the population growth of Canada.

Moreover, in the second quarter, the increase in Canada’s population was lower than 10,000 from net international migration. However, the increase in population was around 15,000 naturally.

In 2020, the population growth of Canada from international migration continued to slow. However, in the third quarter of 2020, Canada’s net population increase from international migration was -27,143.

It is one of the biggest hits on the growing population of Canada since 1946. The net population growth obtained after data became available.

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Although Canada welcomed a total number of 40,069 new immigrants in the third quarter of 2020. However, the number of candidates invited in the third quarter was more than the second quarter. The total number of candidates was 34,271 in the second quarter.

It is the largest impact on the population growth of Canada. It was a sharp drop in the net number of non-permanent resident migration. However, a larger number of non-permanent residents are expected in every third quarter. It is mainly because international students are expected to begin the academic year in the third quarter.

However, many students and programs moved online due to border restrictions. Moreover, many students were also unwilling or unable to travel to Canada. This slow growth indicates that Canada will now depend more on Canadian immigration for its post-pandemic economic recovery.

IRCC is still processing permanent residence applications despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada will now attract and retain more eligible candidates because they are important for Canada’s economic recovery.

However, Canada depended greatly on immigrants even before the pandemic for economic growth. The country always aims to welcome an increasing number of immigrants and permanent residents every year.

Canada encourages immigration due to its aging population, which creates shortages of labor across the country. However, the slow population growth and COVID-19 pandemic increased the need for immigration.

The population of eight provinces and territories of Canada dropped:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • New Brunswick
  • Ontario
  • Nova Scotia
  • British Columbia
  • Nunavut
  • Northwest Territories

However, the population in five provinces and territories increased:

  • Prince Edward Island
  • Manitoba
  • Quebec
  • Yukon
  • Alberta

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