Immigrants represent almost a quarter of the Canadian population in 2021

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OTTAWA — The latest version of 2021 census data shows that immigrants make up nearly a quarter of all people in Canada and are expected to make up a third of the country’s population by 2041.

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Immigration now constitutes the largest portion of the population since Confederation, with more than 8.3 million people in the country who were or had ever been landed immigrants or permanent residents.

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

Immigrants also accounted for four-fifths of labor 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 was born in India, making it the top country of birth for newcomers.


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