March 27, 2019 – Canada welcomed the most immigrants in a calendar year since 1913 in 2018, the latest estimates show.

Statistics Canada says 71,131 new permanent residents came to Canada in the final quarter of 2018, bringing the total for the year to 321,065.

The figure is the most in more than 100 years, with 401,000 immigrants arriving in 1913.

The complete 2018 data shows Canada's population rose by 528,421 in 2018, with immigration responsible for more than 80 per cent of the figure.

This is the biggest annual increase in Canada's population since the 1950s.

Canada's population grew by 1.4 per cent in 2018, the fastest recorded annual growth since 1990 and the strongest growth among all of the G7 countries.

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