Canada is a major immigration country; approximately one in six of its 33.3 million people were born outside of Canada. Their countries of origin include the UK, China, Italy, Greece, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia and many others.
Canada receives about 240,000 to 265,000 immigrants each year. More than a quarter of this number comes from Asian countries. Canada has two official languages—English and French—however, approximately 17% of the population speak languages other than these.
Canada’s fertility rate sits at 1.61 children per female, which is well below the replacement rate, since Canada’s population is ageing rapidly (median age is 39.1 years and rising). Much of Canada’s population growth is due to immigration and this is expected to continue throughout the 21st century.
Immigration to Canada
is key to the country's future growth and prosperity.