In Demographics

There are only two ways that any country can increase its population – one by a positive birthrate or secondly by immigration.

Demographic studies that show that by 2030 Canada’s birthrate will have declined to such a point that deaths will outpace the number of births.  That means our sole growth in Canadian population will be from immigration.  Levels of immigration per year have been consistently between 250,000 to 260,000 individuals obtaining permanent residents every year through one of the three main avenues, economic, family or refugee class.  The present Minister of Immigration has set the target at 300,000 permanent residents per year

The government’s policy is focused now primarily on the 20 to 29-year-old demographic.  Such a policy for a country like Canada is prudent.  The previous Conservative government placed an emphasis on youth, English or French capabilities, having Canadian educational credentials and Canadian work experience.

What better way to qualify  potential permanent residents than by opening the doors wide to international youth to have them first study in Canada and then assure them of at least a three year work permit to work.  Once a student enters Canada it is obvious that they must have achieved a competent level of English or French assuring them of a Canadian credential which will be recognized by Canadian employers.  To assist in their work experience the government grants a three-year work permit upon the successful completion of the two or more year degree.  Employers in Canada now are assured of a freshly-trained labour force.

Gone are the old backlog days whereby applicants made application for residency, but after many many years found that their qualifications and work experience were not being recognized after entry.

As a result of this policy change, the foreign student population has exploded in Canada.  From this favoured demographic our population will grow providing a constant source of permanent residents for the future.

Here are the historical statistics over ten years to show how the student population has mushroomed:


                                               2005/2006                 2014/2015

Canada                                234,000                      435,000

British Columbia                      69,000                      129,000



                                                  2005                        2014

China                                   48,000                     129,000

India                                       9,000                       52,000

Korea                                   40,000                        28,000

France                                  11,000                        25,000

Saudi Arabia                           2,000                       18,000

USA                                     17,000                        16,000

Brazil                                      2,000                       15,000

Japan                                   14,000                        11,000


With the Brexit vote now over and the US immigration policy uncertain, European youth who previously looked to the UK for an English-speaking milieu will also focus their sights on Canada.  In this regard, Britain’s economic loss will become Canada’s immigration gain.

An Associate of

Crease Harman LLP