For the first time since 1913, Canada has seen the largest influx of immigrants in a single year. During the last three months of 2018, 71,131 immigrants settled in the country. In total, that was an increase of 321,065 for the entire year of 2018.
The last time numbers reached that volume was in 1913, when over 401,000 immigrants travelled to Canada. Statistics Canada says the boom in immigration has increased international migration, which includes non-permanent residents such as foreign students.
The giant increase in immigration that hasn't been seen in over a century has been welcomed warmly by Canada, with the economy now standing a chance against ageing demographics and debilitating household debt across the country.
TL;DR In 2018, Canda saw the largest influx of immigrants in over a century. The total increase of 321,065 is the most substantial growth since 1913. With most immigrants of working age, the country now stands a chance against older demographics and debt. Immigration has also made up for slower natural population growth.
Canada's increase in international migration has created an incline for employment since immigrants tend to be of working age when moving to the country.
Not only that, but when including forms of migration, such as non-permanent residents, the country can record a 425,245 increase in international migration just from 2018 alone. These are numbers that don't even fit on the scale.
The numbers do not include anyone who has crossed the border illegally, as those count as non-permanent residents. It also does take into account the immigration numbers of regular refugees. Because Statistics Canada does not provide the numerical breakdown of refugees, immigration influx cannot be confirmed.
The major increase in immigration to Canada last year resulted in overall population growth of 528,421. This is the biggest increase in the Canadian population since the late 1950s.
Put into a percentage, the population increased by 1.4 per cent, which happens to be the fastest growth since 1990 and the strongest growth amongst the Group of Seven countries.
Needless to say, Canada is on top of our game right now.
Luckily, the immigration numbers also make up for slower natural population growth. The natural population increase in Canada was at its lowest level since at least the late 1940s.
It is not yet known whether or not 2019 will see an even bigger influx of immigrants or if the numbers will drop. Stay tuned for more information.