With many countries expecting to see a decrease in their population, Canada’s population is expecting a substantial increase in the next 50 years as a result of greater immigration.
A report by Statistics Canada indicates that the country could see the population reach the 55 million mark in fifty years, and that’s in a medium-growth scenario.
Canada currently has a population of 37.1 million people.
Statistics Canada’s studies looked at nine different scenarios, including low, medium and high growth that makes different assumptions taking into account interprovincial migration patterns as well as scenarios where the Canadian population ages at different rates.
In its report, Statistics Canada said that immigration would remain the key driver of population growth for the next 50 years.
POPULATION GROWTH EXPECTED TO BE CONCENTRATED IN ONTARIO AND ALBERTA
According to Statistics Canada, two provinces will make up more than half of population growth for the next 50 years: Ontario and Alberta.
Ontario is seen to have more than 20.4 million people by 2043. The province currently has more than 14.3 million people.
Alberta, on the other hand, is protected to reach 7.3 million people by 2043. The province currently has more than 4.3 million people.
Almost all the scenarios Statistics Canada considered saw Alberta’s population surpassing that of British Columbia.
CANADA’S POPULATION GROWTH IN OTHER PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES
The provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan are expected to experience substantial growth as well. By 2043, the population of both provinces combined could outnumber the population of the province of Quebec.
The Statistics Canada report indicated that the province of Quebec will grow at a slower pace than the rest of the country, and the percentage of people living in Quebec in relation to the rest of Canada will actually decrease by as much as 2.5% by 2043.
According to the report, the Atlantic Provinces will likely experience low to negative population growth.
The population of Canada’s three territories will continue to increase, but their percentage of the population in relation to the rest of Canada will remain at under 1% over the next 25 years.
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