Share of immigrants and permanent residents hits record high at 23% of population: census

Nearly a quarter of people living in Canada were or have been immigrants or permanent residents, the largest proportion of the country’s population in history, according to new census data released by Statistics Canada.

According to 2021 census data, 8.3 million people, or 23% of the population, fall into this category, surpassing the previous record of 22.3% in 1921.

The recently released figures also mean that the percentage of immigrants and permanent residents in Canada is at a higher level than in any other G7 country.

« If these trends continue, according to recent population projections from Statistics Canada, immigrants could represent 29.1% to 34% of Canada’s population by 2041, » the report said.

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