Our world has dramatically changed in recent years. Yet, one thing that has not changed from the the past five years is that Canada remains the fastest growing country in the G7.
Canada is now home to almost 37 million people, 5.2 percent more than in 2016. Most of that growth is attributable to more people arriving in Canada from around the world to start a new life. Approximately 1.8 million more were calling Canada their home in 2021 compared with five years earlier.
Most of that increase occurred prior to the pandemic, with Canada’s population rising by a record high of 583,000 people (+1.6%) in 2019 alone. While the pandemic slowed the movement of people around the world, immigration still contributed to Canada’s population growing by 0.4% in 2020, the fastest among G7 countries.
The latest census confirmed that, for the first time since the 1940s, the population of the Maritime provinces grew at a faster rate than the Prairie provinces. This change was largely due to an influx of Canadians migrating to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island from other parts of the country.
Yukon‘s population grew 12.1 percent, the fastest pace nationally. The population in PEI grew 8.0 percent, and British Columbia grew by 7.6 percent.
Newfoundland was the only province to see its population decline (-1.8%) from 2016 to 2021.
The latest census showed that immigration continued to be the biggest driver of Canada’s population growth from 2016 to 2021.
Source » Statistics Canada
Fun Fact » The average age of residents in all of Canada is 41.9 years.