Canada’s population grew by nearly half a million people in 2021, sharply higher than depressed 2020 levels as international migration returned to historically elevated pre-pandemic numbers. The number of people living in Canada rose by 1.2%, or 457,888, to 38.5 million in 2021, according to Statistics Canada estimates. That’s up from 160,273 in 2020, and closer to the record population-growth levels in the years before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the population gain came from international migration as the Canadian government eased most travel restrictions for those coming to the country for work, school or family reunification. Net international migration levels jumped to 400,176 in 2021, almost four times as many as in 2020. In the final three months of 2021, population grew by 0.2%, or 90,313. It’s the second biggest fourth-quarter population increase in the past three decades.

Source: Financial Post