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Three immigration milestones that Canada experienced in 2022

December 29, 2022

By CIC News

Canadian immigration continued to play an integral role in uplifting the national labour force and economy this year.


In October, it was reported that Canadian immigrants accounted for around 80% of all labour force growth in this country between 2016 and 2021. This has allowed Canada to “mitigate the impacts of labour shortages in a number of sectors and regions across the country.”

Further to the value of Canadian immigration, the 2021 census noted that more than half (748,120) of Canada’s immigrants between 2016 and 2021 were admitted as economic immigrants. This category of immigrants, “selected based upon their potential economic contribution to meet labour market needs”, has been key to aiding Canada’s economic development because they provide Canadian employers with capable workers to fill critical labour needs. This allows for better production of goods and delivery of services, which consequently incites economic growth because people will continue spending money that feeds back into the country.

Ultimately, immigration has been, and will continue to be, an important part of life in Canada. Appropriately, presented in no particular order, the following is a recap of three moments from 2022 that represent significant milestones in the world of Canadian immigration.

1. Immigrants make up a record-high share of the Canadian population

According to the 2021 Canadian census, which was released in October 2022, immigrants to Canada now make up a record-high percentage of the total population. 8.3 million people (23.0% of Canada’s total population) are immigrants, defined by Statistics Canada as people who “were, or had ever been, a landed immigrant or permanent resident in Canada.”

This number bests a Canadian record that stood for 100 years, dating back to when the percentage of Canada’s population made up of immigrants was 22.3% in 1921.

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