British Columbia’s Prince George saw a rise in population by almost 25 percent. The rise is very shocking because other north and central interior British Columbia cities saw no change in growth or a decrease. There are very few permanent residents in Prince George. According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, there were only 255 permanent residents in 2016, which increased to 320 by November 2017. In the last decade, the permanent resident count has increased by 129 percent in Prince George.
Those figures were only until November, so the IRCC expects them to be a little higher after including December 2017’s count. A permanent resident is a person who granted residence by the Canadian immigration authorities. The next step for him is becoming a naturalized citizen. Also, students or workers on a temporary work permit not counted in this. In British Columbia, only Prince George saw an increase. Dawson Creek remained stable at 140, and Fort St John saw a decrease from 285 to 250. Even the permanent residency population of Kamloops dropped from 360 to 335.
Looking at the figures, one can quickly tell that Prince George is going to become the fastest growing city in British Columbia. The city’s population saw an overall increase of 2.8 percent on comparing the 2011 and 2016 census. Ravi Saxena, executive director, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society, Prince George, said that new immigrants are coming from across the globe. Most of them come from the Philippines, India, and China. Most of the number of permanent resident cards were granted to Indians and Filipinos.
50 Syrian refugees made Prince George their residency between 2015 and 2017. The permanent residency numbers are increasing rapidly because Trudeau government values permanent residency whereas Stephen Harper government focused on temporary work permits. Justin Trudeau’s government has encouraged more skilled workers to enter the country as compared to Harper.