For over a century, immigration has been a means to support population, economic, and cultural growth in Canada.
Millions of eligible people from around the world have chosen to reside in Canada and make it their new home.
Whether seeking better economic opportunities, reuniting with family members, or seeking protection as resettled refugees or other protected persons, newcomers to Canada have been a major source of ongoing growth and prosperity.
Along with those who migrate to Canada permanently, many individuals come to Canada to stay temporarily, whether as a visitor, international student or a temporary foreign worker. Regardless of their pathway into Canada, they all contribute in a meaningful way to Canada’s economy, support the success and growth of various industries, and contribute to Canada’s diversity and multiculturalism.
Immigration has helped to build the country that the world sees today – a diverse society with strong economic and social foundations, and with continued potential for further growth and prosperity.
Immigration will continue to be a key driver in advancing Canada’s economy, especially in the context of low birth rates and its vital role in growing the working age population, and it will remain so into the future.
By the early 2030s, it is expected that Canada’s population growth will rely exclusively on immigration. It is also important to note that many source countries for Canada’s immigration system face similar demographic challenges related to aging populations and lower birth rates. As a result, Canada must be prepared to compete internationally for young, skilled and mobile workers.