Last Updated: 21 February 2021
For over a century, immigration has been a means to support population, economic, and cultural growth in Canada. Millions of eligible people from around the world have chosen to reside in Canada and make it their new home. Whether seeking better economic opportunities, reuniting with family members, or seeking protection as resettled refugees or other protected persons, newcomers to Canada have been a major source of ongoing growth and prosperity.
Immigration has helped to build the country that the world sees today – a diverse society with strong economic and social foundations, with continued potential for further growth and prosperity.
Canada has welcomed 341,180 immigrants in the year 2019. Between 2017 and 2018, net immigration accounted for 80% of Canada’s population increase, with the remaining 20% accounted for through natural increase. Canada’s population growth between 2018 and 2019 was 1.4%, the highest rate of growth among G7 nations.