According to Statistics Canada, the agency that examines statistics figures in the country, changes are expected in the population of various Canadian provinces.
Some provinces will grow fast in number, while others will lag behind when it comes to population growth.
And, the agency’s projection is that immigration will be the strongest force driving these changes.
Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is expected to grow more in population, reaching between 14 to 18 million, and will remain as the most populous province in the country. Immigration will remain the force behind this growth.
Meanwhile, Alberta is set to overtake British Columbia when it comes to population before 2040. Currently having 4 million population, it is expected to reach 5.6 to 6.8 million by 2038.
The province currently has the lowest senior population in Canada, and its strong economy is expected to continue to attract a younger workforce.
Quebec is also expected to increase in population due to immigration, but it is not likely to have a growth in its population share in the country because more provinces will have faster population growth.
Other provinces are expected to continue to lose population because of their old age structure, the tendency of their younger population to go to other provinces to find work there, and their small share of immigration. Some of these provinces are Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
Overall, though, Canada’s population is expected to grow to between 39 and 48 million before 2040.