Canada’s population is booming, and a huge portion of that growth is being fueled by record-high immigration. The Trudeau government aims to grant permanent residency to 465,000 people in 2023 and raise that number to 500,000 people a year by 2025 – betting that immigration can spur economic growth and support its aging population. This commitment to immigration is why Canada is the fastest-growing G7 country, even as its peers brace for population contractions.
Meanwhile, across the border in the US, immigration is a much more polarizing issue. But contrary to what many on the right think, immigration numbers have declined under President Joe Biden.
We compare immigration in the US and Canada over the last two decades.