Canada is officially the fastest growing and most competitive country in the G7 and they have migrants to thank for it.
Based on the newly release 2016 Canadian Census results Canada’s population showed the strongest growth of all the G7 countries in the past five years, reaching 35.2 million people of which 1.7 million are new to Canada.
Data from the 2016 census shows Canada is the fastest growing country in the G7. Besides Canada, the G7 countries include the United States of America, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Statistics Canada again found that Toronto is Canada’s largest city, with 2,731,571 residents, 7.8 per cent of the country’s population. Montreal took the second-place city with 1,704,694 residents.
In 50 years Canada will show no population growth without migrants
The new numbers reveal that Canada’s population grew by 1.7 million people since the last census in 2011. Immigrants accounted for two-thirds of the increase and the so-called natural increase — the difference between births and deaths — accounted for the rest.
Over the coming years, newcomers to Canada will account for more and more of the country’s population growth due to low fertility and an aging population.
“Deaths will be catching up to the number of births in Canada . . . the large baby boom cohort is moving to older ages where mortality is higher,” said Laurent Martel, director of the demography division at Statistics Canada.
“Fifty years from now, basically all population growth in Canada will be related to another factor which will be immigration. We know already that natural increase will no longer be a key contributor,” he said Wednesday in an interview.
According to the findings of the census, urban areas in the west of the country were showing significant growth. Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina, all in the country’s west, produced growth figures of between 14.6 – 11.8%.
The basics of the 2016 census