How the Pandemic Affected Canada Population

The first covid-19 case in Canada was discovered in Toronto, Ontario on January 22, 2020. As of December 12, 2020, approximately 448,000 cases have been confirmed. Over 362,200 have recovered and over 13,200 deaths in the country.

Canada’s population growth slowed down because of the shortage of immigrants coming to Canada also, travel restrictions/ban, a Statistics Canada report uncovers.

The government noticed that Canada’s population growth for the three months which ended on September 30 of this current year was the most minimal quarterly growth in 64 years. Not since January 1, 1946, has Canada seen quite a low pace of quarterly populace growth. Statscan says the Canadian populace grew by just 2,767 individuals in the last quarter of this current year. There are approximately 38 million individuals in Canada.

The Coronavirus is to blame for this most recent drop in the Canada’s population growth rate – however not essentially as a result of deaths due to the Covid. As shocking as these were, they added up to just 706 of the 69,114 deaths from July all the way to the last day of September. “The biggest demographic impact on the all the population came from loses in international migration,” expresses the report.


During that quarter, the Canadian was hit by a drop in net immigration of 27,143 as international students prevented from traveling out because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, couldn’t come to Canadian colleges and universities.

“In two territories and six provinces, the population reduced greatly for the first time since the last quarter of 1951, where equivalent provincial data become accessible,” states the report. “The biggest decreases, by number, were in British Columbia, down 1,861 individuals, and Newfoundland and Labrador, down 1,105 individuals, or 0.2 percent.”

Among the areas whose population increases slightly during that quarter were Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, and the Yukon. Alberta saw the greatest bump in the populace, increasing by 6,236 or by ten percent.

Number of Immigrants Plunges

The number of immigrants showing up during the last quarter of this year dropped by 61.4 percent compared with the number who had come to Canada during a similar period a year ago. Canada invited 40,059 migrants during the last quarter of this current year however lost very nearly 66,000 non-permanent residents, which are mostly international students.

On the better side, Canada saw some natural populace development during that period as the 99,024 births were more than the deaths.

This isn’t the first time, neither is it surprising that Statscan has come out with quarterly outcomes demonstrating a massive drop in migration to Canada and a serious effect on its populace growth because of border restrictions during the pandemic.

Comparing the Previous Immigration Years

Recently this year, the government’s national statistical agency detailed the rollercoaster ride that has been population development in Canada over the previous year.

After hitting the most increased recorded degree of population development in the last quarter of last year because of high immigration levels, Canada’s rate of population development plunged during the second quarter of this current year. It reduced to what exactly was then the least level since records began being kept.

“The worldwide pandemic started to influence the demographic patterns in Canada toward the end of the primary quarter of 2020”. This was expressed by the government agency in that prior report. “Canada’s first COVID-19 death was recorded on March 9 and international border restrictions/travel ban started in mid-March. The subsequent reduction in immigration from March to June joined with the increased mortality, prompted record low populace growth for the second quarter of 2020.”


Average Age on the Rise

During the past, around fifty years ago, the average age of the Canadian populace has consistently risen. A year ago was no exemption. The average age of Canadians rose from 41.3 to 41.4 years old from Canada Day a year ago to this year.

Because of that aging populace and low birth rate, Canada depends vigorously on immigration for population development.

Migration represented 81.9 percent of the nation’s population development for the year that finished June 30 with the nation welcoming 284,387 immigrants, down from more than 300,000 for every one of the previous two years. In the second quarter of this current year, just 34,271 immigrants showed up in Canada.

“The restrictions set on international borders and the resulting drop in international migration levels had the biggest effect on population development in 2019/2020,”. As stated by Statscan.



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