The share of Canada’s growing population made up by immigrants has risen to 21.9 percent, up from 20.6 percent in 2011, according to 2016 census figures released last week.
‘The immigrant population is defined as persons who are, or who have been, permanent residents in Canada. Immigrants who then went on to obtain Canadian citizenship by naturalization are included in this group’, according to Statistics Canada.
Going by this report, Canada’s level of immigrants has reached its highest levels in almost a century. The last time Canada’s population made up by immigrants was this high dates back to 1921, with immigrants making up 22.3 percent of the overall population.
The cities of Toronto (Ontario), Vancouver (British Columbia) and Montreal (Quebec) account for more than half of Canada’s immigrant population at 39 percent, 17.8 percent and 14.5 percent, respectively.
Some insights about Canada’s sources of immigrants published in the report:
- For the first time ever, Africa (13.4 percent) ranks ahead of Europe (11.6 percent) as a source continent.
- Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Cameroon are the top five African source countries.
- The UK and France provided Europe’s largest sources.
- The number of new immigrants born in Asia (including the Middle East) is 61.8 percent.
Earlier this year, the Toronto Star reported that almost half the country’s population could be an immigrant or the child of an immigrant within the next 20 years.