Snapshot 15: Landed Immigrant Youth and International Students in Canadian Provinces


immigrant youth
Growth in Canada’s youth population comes from immigrant youth. Landed immigrant youth are approximately 18% of 15-29-year-olds in Canada.

Landed immigrant youth are 15-29-year-olds who are not born in Canada, arrived in Canada as either, permanent residents or transitioned to permanent residency from another entry status (international students, temporary foreign worker, refugee status, etc).


Landed immigrant youth include youth who may presently be naturalized Canadians but had previously been on landed or permanent resident status. Landed immigrant youth could have arrived with their families or independently in Canada.


As of February 2022, there were 1.3 million landed immigrant youth in the age range of 15-29 years in Canada. Canadian-born youth numbered 5.8 million as obtained from the Labour Force Survey microdata for that month.


There was 5.7 million Canadian-born youth and 1.1 million landed immigrant youth in Canada in February 2018. By February 2022, there were 1.3 million landed immigrant youth, a 13% increase over 5 years. Naturally, the growth rate of Canadian-born youth was very low, a mere 0.2% increase over the same period.


All growth in the youth population came from the immigration of youth.