Oakville welcomes historic number of newcomers in 2022
To address acute labour market shortages, the Government of Canada plans to set even more records: 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 in 2024, and 500,000 in 2025.
“As I have stated before, our greatest opportunity long-term is maintaining our livability because our livability attracts talented people from all over the world. And the growth that we’ve been assigned for the next 30 years by the Provincial Government and the ambitious immigration targets set by the Federal Government, means that business will always have what businesses need to succeed in Oakville: a growing customer base,” said Mayor Rob Burton.
“We have an opportunity to use our growth, to thrive and shine. We’re going to have a lot more of everything that matters to residents. There will be more people to be friends with, there will be more people to join our resident associations and volunteer organizations, there will be more people to do business with and there will be more people to raise our kids with. There will be more kids to make our clubs more vibrant and successful. This is an exciting future of great promise and possibilities.”
According to the 2021 Census, 87,345 people, that is, 41.2% of Oakville’s population, were foreign-born (immigrants), 119,595 (56.4%) were Canadian-born (non-immigrants) and 5,120 (2.4%) were non-permanent residents.
Among immigrants in 2021, 15,495 came between 2016 and 2021. These recent immigrants made up 17.7% of the immigrant population in Oakville.
The top three places of birth among immigrants living in Oakville in 2021 were China, India, and the United Kingdom. Among recent immigrants living in Oakville, they were China, India, and Pakistan.