Immigration to drive Canada’s population growth as global birth rates fall

July 23, 2020

By CIC News |

A recent study suggests global population will peak mid-century and decline by 2100.

Canada will need to keep immigration as a priority to remain competitive in the global economy at the end of the century, a new study suggests.

The study by The Lancet forecasts a global population decline starting in the late 21st century. They suggest that the world population will peak at 9.73 billion in 2064 and will decline to 8.79 billion by the year 2100.

The study’s researchers expect Canada’s population to peak at 45.2 million in 2078 and fall to 44.1 million in 2100. However, this is much more conservative than the Conference Board of Canada’s forecast from 2018, which suggested that Canada’s population would reach 45 million by 2040 should immigration levels reach one per cent of the country’s population per year. It also suggested that Canada’s population growth would depend entirely on immigration by 2030.

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