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The Growing Concern of Immigrants Leaving Canada

Immigrants Departing at an Accelerating Pace

New research reveals that immigrants are leaving Canada at a faster pace in recent years, signalling a potential threat to the nation that depends on immigration for economic and population growth. The study, a collaboration between the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and the Conference Board of Canada, indicates an increasing rate of departure among recent cohorts.

Why Are Newcomers Leaving Canada?

The findings suggest that newcomers may not be seeing the benefits of moving to Canada due to worsening housing affordability, a strained health-care system, and underemployment among other challenges. This disillusionment can inhibit progress in a country that continually sets records for population gains.

Daniel Bernhard, CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, emphasizes the importance of addressing these shortfalls and cautions against potential long-term consequences. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been increasingly relying on immigration to mitigate economic decline from an aging populace.

Spikes in Onward Migration Rates

The report highlights significant increases in immigrants leaving Canada in 2017 and 2019 (at 1.1% and 1.18% respectively). These surges contribute to an attrition rate that can add up to over 20% of an arrival cohort over 25 years. Despite these seemingly small percentages compared to the historical average of 0.9%, the data suggests a possible growing trend.

Public Perception & Citizenship Decline

A recent survey conducted by Environics Institute illustrated declining public support for high levels of immigration due to concerns related to housing affordability and availability. Simultaneously, dissatisfaction among immigrants is on the rise.

According to Bernhard, this lack of enthusiasm has also resulted in fewer immigrants choosing to become Canadian citizens; there has been a 40% reduction in the proportion of permanent residents who took up citizenship within 10 years of arrival between 2001 and 2021.


The growing trend of immigrants leaving Canada poses a significant challenge for a nation that heavily relies on immigration for economic and population growth. Addressing the concerns of newcomers is becoming vital to ensure long-term prosperity and stability. By resolving issues like housing affordability, underemployment, and access to healthcare, Canada can work towards reversing this trend and restore confidence in the immigrant population. Furthermore, promoting better integration and pathways to citizenship can encourage newcomers to stay in the country and contribute to its diversity and long-term development.

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