Canada experienced record population growth last year, almost entirely driven by migrants.

Statistics Canada on Wednesday released data showing that Canada’s population rose by more than 1,000,000 between January 1st, 2022 and January 1st, 2023.

“International migration accounted for nearly all growth recorded (95.9%),” Statistics Canada’s report said.

The country welcomed a record-breaking 437,180 immigrants, and a record-breaking estimated net increase of 607,782 non-permanent residents.

According to Statistics Canada, these figures put Canada on track to double its population before 2050.

True North reported last month that policy makers are boosting immigration rates to address labour shortages caused by Canada’s aging population.

Statistics Canada reported last month that the country recently set a record level of empty jobs – more than 1,000,000 unfilled positions in May 2022.