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Canadian Megatrends: 150 years of immigration

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Released: 2016-06-29

One of the distinctive features of Canada's history is the arrival of wave after wave of people who have chosen to call this country home. The June edition of Canadian Megatrends looks at the history of immigration in Canada during the 150 years since Confederation.

Today, about one in five people in Canada was born elsewhere, the highest proportion of foreign-born people in Canada since the 1931 Census. Since the early 1990s, Canada has welcomed an average of almost 250,000 immigrants annually, the equivalent of adding a city the size of Regina every year.

The numbers may be steady, but the new arrivals are anything but homogenous. For a long time, Europe was the main source of immigration, but people arriving nowadays come from every corner of the globe, as Canada becomes more and more diverse.


The article, "150 years of immigration in Canada," is now available, as part of Canadian Megatrends (Catalogue number11-630-X), from The Daily module of our website.

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