Canada has fastest growing population in the G8 due to immigration

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Statistics Canada, the Canadian government's statistics office, has released an estimate of the Canadian population. It says that the population of Canada was approximately 34,880,500 on 1st July 2012. It says the population grew by about 1% in the year to July 1st 2012 with the populations of the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan growing fastest. The populations of both grew by over 2% in the year to 1st July 2012.

Statistics Canada says that the population rose by 396,516 in the year to 1st July 2012. Over that time
  • There was an increase in the native Canadian population of 129,356
  • 381,598 children were born to Canadian families and
  • 252,242 deaths of Canadian citizens
  • There was net inward migration of 267,160.
  • 269,969 permanent residents settled in Canada
  • 54,969 net non-permanent residents came to Canada
  • 47,284 Canadian citizens emigrated
Statistics Canada also found that the population is continuing to age. The median age in Canada stands at 40 years. The median age is the age where half the population is younger and half older. This age has risen by 6.4 years in the last 20 years. It notes that this trend will be exacerbated in the next few years when the 'baby boomer generation' begins to retire en masse.

Canada has long had a policy of encouraging immigration in order to help reduce the median age of the population. Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney is visiting the UK this week in order to encourage skilled UK citizens to live in Canada. can help. is a specialist visa consultancy with over twenty years of experience dealing with visa applications. We can help with a wide range of visa applications to your country of choice. Please feel free to contact us for further details.