Between January and March of 2020, 82% of Canada’s population growth came from immigration.
A new Statistics Canada study finds that Canada’s population grew by 76,000 in the first three months of 2020, with 82% of the growth coming from immigration. Canada’s population now stands at just under 38 million people.
Immigration numbers were stronger in the first three months of 2020 compared with 2019. Nearly 70,000 immigrants arrived to Canada at the beginning of this year compared with nearly 66,000 in the first quarter of 2019.
Canada’s early 2020 immigration numbers likely would have been even stronger if not for the pandemic, as immigration levels began to fall in March.
Nonetheless, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to say that their 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan has not changed due to the coronavirus.