Sunday, February 12, 2012

Graphic Weekend, Part II

We are going be seeing a heap of stats, tables and figures over the next several months as STATSCAN rolls out the results from the latest census.  The first set of big news was two-fold and related--that the western part of the country was growing faster than the rest and that immigrants were settling more in the western parts of Canada.

This figure illustrates who is coming from where and going where.  I wish they had used another color than black to indicate the provinces--makes immigration appear to be a black hole when the stats are very clear that Canada's future rides on immigration.  That is, Canadians are not birthing babies at a rate that would sustain the welfare state--not as severe as in Europe but still problematic.  The inflow of immigrants largely resolves this as the inflow of new folks to work pay the taxes necessary to cover the retirements of the older generations.

Anyhow, this will be an interesting set of stats to study for the next ten years or so.

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