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Canadian Immigration Sends Quebec’s Population Soaring

Quebec’s population is soaring as a result of the increased immigration rate. According to Become A Canadian, Quebec recently had its highest annual population growth in 50 years.

The province welcomed a record number of permanent immigrants over 12 months. Similarly, the number of non-permanent residents, such as temporary workers, international students and asylum seekers, also shot up.

Immigration in the last 50 years has been the biggest source of Quebec’s population growth. An expert from BecomeACanadian says immigration is a paramount source of population growth for different regions in Canada.

According to the Institut de la Statistique du Quebec (ISQ), the population of Quebec on January 1, 2023, was about 8.8 million, with an increase of 149,900 more residents than a year earlier. 

Interesting Facts About Quebec

French Influence

Quebec is the only province in Canada where French is the official language. The majority of the population speaks French, and the province has a strong French cultural influence.

Winter Carnival

Quebec City hosts the world's largest winter carnival, known as the Quebec Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Québec). It features various events, including parades, ice sculptures, and the famous Bonhomme Carnaval, the festival's official mascot.

Maple Syrup Capital

Quebec produces about 75% of the world's maple syrup. The province is a major player in the global maple syrup industry, and the sweet treat is an integral part of Quebecois cuisine.

Statistics showing Quebec’s population growth

In 2022, Quebec welcomed a record number of permanent immigrants due to the surge following pandemic restrictions in 2020 and 2021.

  1. Permanent immigrants: The number of admitted immigrants in Quebec in 2022 increased by 18,000 to 68,700. BecomeACanadian could establish that Quebec aims to take in between 49,500 and 52,500 annually.
  2. Non-permanent residents: Quebec currently houses about 346,000 non-permanent residents, with more than 86,700 in 2022. Fifty-seven per cent of Canada’s asylum seekers live in Quebec as of January 1, 2023, alongside 16 per cent temporary workers and 12 per cent international students.
  3. Birth rate: About 80,700 births were recorded in 2022, indicating a five per cent drop compared to 2021 and the lowest number in 17 years. 

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