Statistics Canada recently reported that Canada’s growth will be shifting to the west in the future.
And, this shift will be greatly influenced by the influx of immigrants to the country.
Canada Immigration: Then and Now
In the past, Central Canada has always had the biggest share of immigrants – areas like Montreal and Toronto.
This might change, however, as Provinces in the west are posed to attract a greater number of immigrants in the coming years.
Alberta, British Columbia, and the Prairies are set to outperform other Provinces in terms of economic growth and population.
This shift to the West is being attributed to the fast growing economy of the area.
Much of this has to do with its booming oil and natural gas sectors, together with its construction and mining industries.
The boom in these sectors have led to a strong campaign calling for specialists in the said fields, and many have come to the West for this reason.
Because of the influx of workers, the need for specialists in other fields (such as education and health) has also increased.
This is expected to continue as more and more immigrants move to Western Provinces.
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The current population of the Province is 4 million. This is expected to increase by as much as 50%, reaching between 5.6 and 6.8 million by 2038.
This can be attributed to the Province having the highest annual growth rate, which makes it very attractive to young workers. Because of this, Alberta is likely to overtake British Columbia and take the spot for the third most populated Canadian Province by 2038.
In 2013 alone, about 80% of new jobs in Canada are in Alberta. Half of this is in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. The fact that 40% of all the jobs in Canada is concentrated on one city alone is a big deal, a great proof of the Province’s very strong economic standing.
Alberta attracts immigrants to the Province through its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program and the different federal programs in Canada – the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Statistics Canada reported a stronger-than-expected population growth in the Province, and this is mainly due to immigration, both international and inter-provincial.
International immigration to the Province jumped by 16%, with the number showing a 5% increase in the total number of immigrants that settled in the Province ever since. Most newcomers come from Asia, a trend that is expected to continue.
The Province has its very own British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, which enables it to select immigrants that have the needed skills in the Province. Aside from this, it also attracts immigrants through the federal immigration programs and programs for investors and businessmen.
The Province’s currently 1.1 million population is expected to increase to around 1.5 million by 2038, with immigration being the main driver behind the increase, according to Statistics Canada.
The Province is a very appealing destination because it has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, pegged only at 3.5%. Its capital city has a very low 2.7% unemployment rate. In fact, the number of jobs in the Province is even increasing, 19,000 more in September this year compared to the same month during the previous year.
Aside from these, the Province is rich in natural resources, and this translates into rich industries offering more work for everybody – in the field of agriculture, oil, natural gas, timber, uranium, and others. All of these combined hold a very promising future for the economy of Saskatchewan.
In terms of its immigration programs, not only does it have its own nominee program (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program) and the different federal programs, but it also has the Saskatchewan Experience Category, which prioritizes individuals who have work experience in the Province.
Like Saskatchewan, Manitoba has a strong agricultural sector. Aside from this, its forestry, energy, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and tourism industries are also blooming. The Province also has a small unemployment rate, standing at 5.4%.
Manitoba has an active Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, under which is the Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative that actively seeks immigrants with experience in cabinet making, manufacturing, automotive mechanic, and other skills. The federal programs of the Canadian government are also popular means for those who immigrate to Manitoba.