Babies or immigrants? Canada searches for way forward
February 9, 2012. 6:48 am
Unlike the U.S. and France, Canada’s growth is not mainly through babies being born
Canada’s population is surging despite far fewer children being born in the country. The bulk of the nation’s fast growth relies on foreign newcomers.
Statistics Canada’s census figures released Wednesday reveal children born in Canada account for only one-third of the country’s growth of almost six per cent since 2006, the highest rate of all G8 countries.
With Canadian women having fewer babies, and the large baby boom generation beginning to die off in two decades, Statistics Canada projects in-migration will become an even more powerful engine in the future – accounting for four-fifths of all population growth in 2031.
Number of immigrants coming to Canada since 1852. (Stats Canada graph does not include recent rise in temporary foreign workers)read more