Canada welcomed a record number of immigrants in the first quarter

Canada welcomed a record number of immigrants in the first quarter

UPGRADE DAY

More than 110,000 immigrants were welcomed to Canada in the first quarter of 2022, the highest number of immigrants for a first quarter since 1946, according to Statistics Canada.

In total, Canada welcomed 113,699 immigrants during this first quarter. “International migration remains the main growth factor in the country,” said the federal agency, which unveiled its population estimates for Canada on Wednesday.

Thus, on April 1, 2022, the population of Canada was estimated at 38,654,738 people, up 127,978 people (+0.3%) from January 1, 2022. According to Statistics Canada, “this is the highest growth rate recorded for a first quarter since 1990” .

This increase represents a continuation of higher growth after the lower levels observed in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

In addition, the Ontario's population topped 15 million (15,007,816) for the first time as of April 1, while New Brunswick's population topped 800,000 (800,243) and of Nunavut the 40,000 people (40,103).

In Quebec, the population was estimated at 8,653,184 in April 2022, in ha increase of 0.16% compared to January.