Richard Marcoux, full professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Demographic and Statistical Observatory of the Francophone Space at Laval University
Quebec has experienced strong population growth over the past two years. As of July 1 of last year, it was 2.3% year-on-year.
In comparison, for the entire interval 2011-2016, the demographic jump was 3.3%.
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The main factor in the province's population increase is immigration.
Of the 800 new Quebecers added every day, more than 600 are non-permanent residents, according to Statistics Canada data compiled by La Presse.
In 2022, Quebec welcomed 68,700 immigrants and 86,700 non-permanent residents, a peak in the last fifty years.
Sociodemographer Richard Marcoux believes that data related to immigration must always be treated with sensitivity.
The migratory impact, particularly on the housing crisis, must be put into perspective. He particularly regrets the statements of Minister Drainville, who yesterday called for an end to the open immigration bar in Ottawa.
At the beginning of the 20th century, we also welcomed many immigrants. In terms of weight over population, we are on a similar ratio. Behind the numbers we talk about, there are humans.
A quote from Richard Marcoux, sociodemographer, director of the Department of Sociology at Laval University and the Demographic and Statistical Observatory of the Francophone Space
In terms of natural increase, the number of births remains limited in Quebec. In the third quarter of 2023, 20,700 births were recorded, compared to 18,100 deaths.
In 2022, natural increase was the lowest ever registered in the province, i.e. 2300 people.
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