This means, if not of the pandemic, this number would have gone much higher. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, this number began to fall in March.

The reason why 2019 did not register such a huge number is partly attributed to the country’s decline of new international students. This condition caused up to an 80% reduction in the number of immigrants getting into Canada. These numbers show just how many students come to Canada for further studies.

Projections of population growth

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is expected to experience an even bigger change in the level of temporary, as well as permanent resident levels. Between the months of April and June of 2020, Canada is expected to experience weaker population growth.

It is no secret that Canada’s population growth is significantly dependent on the contribution of immigration workers. As a country that does so well economically, this does not come as a surprise.

The next quarter of 2020 will register a significant drop in population because there will be no immigrants coming in to fuel it.

When all is said and done, most of the plans laid out for 2020 remain unchanged. For instance, The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made it clear that their 2020-2022 plan is still on schedule. It is an Immigration Levels Plan that encourages the strong role that immigration serves to grow Canada’s economy.

The coronavirus pandemic might have disrupted many activities, but the Canadian government remains positive and focused on the future. The country will always need the immigrant population for the labor force in different sectors.


2020 is definitely a unique year, and the impacts have been felt in more ways than a population uptick. The pandemic has taught us to lay down plans that can push through, no matter what. Canada sticking to its plans for 2020 and the future is a show of good leadership. As we wait out this global pandemic, all we can do is try as much as possible to have a normal life.

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