Migration keeps growth moving

Overseas Property | 18 Oct 2021

While hong kong last year saw its biggest population loss since the 1960s, Canada was still able to grow during the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic due to immigration.

Incoming migrants accounted for almost three-quarters of the country's population growth for the year that ended on July 1, a report by Statistics Canada found.

Canada's population growth was cut by half - Covid-19-related deaths played a part in reducing Canada's population during that period.

The biggest factor in stunting population growth during the year, though, was the drop in the country's immigration levels as travel and border restrictions prevented many foreign nationals from entering Canada.

That level of immigration, however, still contributed to 74.9 per cent of Canada's population growth in the year ending July 1, Statistics Canada revealed.

There are also indications immigration to Canada is picking up again.

"Although international migration has not yet returned to its pre-pandemic levels, some signs of recovery have been seen since the beginning of 2021," said the report.

"For example, international migration rose from 24,329 in the second quarter of 2020 to 75,084 in the same quarter of 2021."

Even during the pandemic, there are many ways foreign nationals can immigrate to Canada to seek permanent residence.

Potential pathways include the Express Entry system, a network of Provincial Nominee Programs, the Start-up Visa Program for qualified immigrant entrepreneurs and Study Permits for international students, who can then apply for a Post-graduation Work Permit and finally seek permanent residence through Express Entry.

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