Canada's population recorded its lowest level of growth in
more than 15-years. Statistics Canada reported that at 35,851,800
our population increased by only 308,100, in the year ending July
1, 2015. The primary reason was due to immigration policy.
Approximately 239,800 immigrants were admitted to Canada during the
12-month period, down from 267,900 the previous year.
The shortfall, close to 30,000 immigrants, places Canada's
per capita rate of immigration at .66%, the lowest under the Harper
government and far lower than the .8% that was predominant prior to
The Statistics Canada report also confirms what demographers
have long been predicting. Senior citizens now outnumber children
for the first time across the country. As of July 1, 2015, people
65 and older made up 16.1 per cent of the Canadian population,
slightly surpassing the 16 per cent who were 14 and younger.
According to preliminary estimates, out of 35,851,800 Canadians,
there are 5,780,900 seniors and 5,749,400 children.
Projections indicate that by July 1, 2024, seniors will account
for 20 per cent of the Canadian population, compared with 16.3 per
cent who will be children 14 and younger. Statscan estimated there
were 8,100 centenarians, with nearly 88 per cent of them being
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