Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries saw a huge influx of immigrants and refugees from all over the world as war and famine ravaged many countries. But in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Canada matured and started to stabilise its population.
There are several myths surrounding immigration.
- Society will not prosper if the population declines. The only way a society collapses is when its environment can no longer support beyond its capacity. Some sectors may have to adjust but essential sectors like agriculture and services will only benefit from higher per capita incomes.
- Canada can accommodate a lot of people. An expansive space does equal abundant resources. Canada may be large, but only a small portion of its land is viable to live in, not including agricultural lands.
- Keeping immigration high guarantees continued growth. Although a nation will continually grow because of immigration, it will eventually collapse if it can no longer sustain a large population.
- Canada’s population will decline without immigrants. If the current level of fertility will either be maintained or increased, Canada’s population will still continue to grow for the next two decades.