Statistics Canada is the Canadian agency that is responsible for providing data about the state’s population, economy, resources as well as culture. Recently, it revealed that immigration is the primary reason why Canada’s population is expected to increase within the next five decades. This is contrary to many developed countries across the world whose population is set to decrease over the same period.

According to the agency, under a medium-growth scenario, Canada can have as much as 55 million people living in the state by 2068. There were 37.1 million people in the country in 2018. This means that then, there will be 17.9 million more individuals competing for the available jobs and resources in the state.

Possible scenarios

Statistics Canada came up with nine practical long-term situations to plan how the population in Canada might look like in decades to come. These were five medium-growth scenarios (with distinct interprovincial migration expectations), a low-growth, high-growth, fast-aging, and slow-aging scenario.

In all these scenarios, immigration remained to be the main expected population driver in many years to come, but it was not absolutely unexpected. Since the early 1990s, immigrants have been accounting for significant population increases in Canada, as the government agency revealed.

The agency further predicted that even though some provinces would see increases in population in the future, others would see decreases over the next two and a half decades.

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