Canada’s population has surged past 40.5 million, marking the fastest growth in any quarter since 1957 and outpacing even the record-breaking year of 2022. This explosive expansion, fueled primarily by international migration, reflects a surge in non-permanent residents, particularly work and study permit holders.
According to Statistics Canada’s October 1st estimates, the population boom can be attributed to a staggering 430,000 increase in just three months, already surpassing the total growth observed in any previous full year. This influx is largely driven by the rise in non-permanent residents, which jumped by 313,000 during the same period.
The report highlights the growing significance of work and study permits as key drivers of Canada’s demographic shift, while refugee claimants also contribute to the population increase. Notably, the number of non-permanent residents has now surpassed the Indigenous population enumerated in the 2021 census, underlining the transformative impact of immigration on Canada’s social fabric.
This rapid population growth presents both opportunities and challenges. While it can boost the economy and labor force, it also strains infrastructure and housing resources. As Canada grapples with this demographic surge, managing its impact and ensuring inclusive integration of newcomers will be crucial in navigating this new chapter in the nation’s story.