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Immigration Helps Canada Grow Faster Than South Dakota

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated the 156th anniversary of peaceful Confederation of his great nation by noting that the population of the Great Bilingual North has just surpassed 40 million:

MP Justin Trudeau, gazouillis, 2023.07.01.
MP Justin Trudeau, gazouillis, 2023.07.01.
MP Justin Trudeau, tweet, 2023.07.01.
PM Justin Trudeau, tweet, 2023.07.01.

Canada’s 40-millionization has come thanks to an immigration boom. In 2022 alone, Canada enjoyed net migration of just over 1 million people. That’s like adding an entire South Dakota and throwing in Sioux City. Immigration generates 75% of Canada’s population growth and almost 100% of its workforce growth.

Prime Minister Trudeau says people are flocking to Canada because “with hope and hard work, everything is possible“:

Hope and hard work helped Canada’s population grow 2.2% from 2021 to 2022. Cries of Freedom™! coincided with South Dakota’s population growth of 1.6% from 2021 to 2022. From 2010 to 2022, Canada’s population has grown 25.0%, while South Dakota’s has grown 11.7%… and Canada is a socialist country with much harder winters than South Dakota.


  1. Nick Nemec 2023-07-02 08:00

    People who are willing to walk thousands of miles or travel half way around the world to a new land because they sense an opportunity to improve their life and the lives of their descendants are the type of people who would make America great.

  2. Bonnie B Fairbank 2023-07-02 08:51

    But, Nick, would they make America great if they aren’t white or conservative or rich or overprivileged or ignorant? What if these immigrants merely relied upon their intelligence, skills, ambition, and hard work? The right-wing Reptilians would have massive litters of green lizards.

  3. grudznick 2023-07-02 09:14

    Greater, Mr. Nemec. America is already very great. That is why these fellows will slog so far to get to Texas.

  4. All Mammal 2023-07-02 12:08

    South Dakota reminds me of that enormous crocodile Steve Irwin used to have to catch and jump on its back and cover its eyes with an old rag, all “for its own good”.
    If we see some puny little guy with an accent coming to help save us, we’re too dumb and scared to let him, and we will likely kill him, so he better knock us out… for our own good. KN is midway through her crocodile death roll.

  5. grudznick 2023-07-02 12:22

    South Dakota does not need anybody to move here. Isolationists unite.

  6. larry kurtz 2023-07-02 13:01

    Hey, what’s not to like about six (seven? eight?) month winters, rampant racism, chilling effects on civil rights, an extremist legislature, living in a chemical toilet, sacrifice zone, perpetual welfare state and permanent disaster area.

  7. LCJ 2023-07-02 14:07

    Just like New Mexico without the winter part.
    It does take a tougher kind of reason to live here.

  8. John 2023-07-02 16:00

    South Dakota and most of the US has pickets of “help wanted” and “hiring now” signs. We have a demographic hole in our demographic pyramids in the working age folks that will last about 20 years. (The best time to create a worker was 20 years ago.) Since we stopped creating our own workers, we either have to shrink our economy or import more workers. Canada is doing an outstanding job importing workers. And Canada is not that far north – 60% of Canadians live south of Seattle. South Dakota is further north than is the most southern latitude of Canada.

    One should anticipate more immigrants will not settle in the Texas south.. The climate change is too catastrophic.
    A wet bulb temperature is not the same as the measured hot air temperature. A wet bulb temperature of 94F is roughly equivalent to a measured temperature of 104F with a relative humidity of 75%. A wet bulb temperature has 100% humidity. This means you can no longer cool by sweating. It means you will die when it reaches 94F at 100% humidity.

    It’s basically meant to measure how well people can cool evaporatively for given conditions. At 95F wet bulb human life is not sustainable because we cannot cool ourselves anymore through sweating, because the air is too wet and hot to be saturated with any more evaporation so the sweat (and heat) stays on our body.
    Only super specific regions have ever reached 95, and not for more than an hour or two. However, with global warming, we’ll see those places staying at that temperature long enough to make human life there impossible within a couple decades. This effect will also grow into other regions.
    And, it’s not an all or nothing, you still have tons more heat illnesses and deaths the closer you get to 95, so many places will be near-uninhabitable while they become totally uninhabitable. Very dangerous world we are living in–things are gonna be different.
    – from commenters

  9. larry kurtz 2023-07-02 18:39

    New Mexico’s GDP is twice South Dakota’s due in large part to immigration. We have mountains; South Dakota has hills. New Mexico is still safe for Republicans while South Dakota is no longer safe for Democrats. We are third in racial equality, second in worker equity, fourth in language diversity and sixth most overall diverse.

  10. DaveFN 2023-07-02 20:11

    *Immigration Pathways: Express Entry Canada Vs U.S. H1B Visa*

    Canada: Permanent Residence via Express Entry Canada

    US: U.S. Green Card via H-1B visa program

    Canada: Popular visa choice is the Express Entry immigration system.

    US: Popular visa choice is the US H1-B visa.

    Canada: Fast-track visa process. You can get a PR in just 6 months.

    US: Getting a Green Card can take many years.

    Canada: Allows you to get a Permanent Resident Status in Canada.

    US: You arrive with a temporary work visa and later extend the visa or convert to Green Card status.

    Canada: No Canadian job offer is required.

    US: You must have a job offer in hand.

    Canada: No sponsorship from family or employers is required.

    US: You need employer sponsorship and work experience to get a PR status

    Canada: You can bring your family to Canada to live and work there.

    US: Dependants of H1B visa holders may not be allowed to work in the US

    Canada: You can apply from outside of Canada.

    US: You can’t apply on your own. Your employer will apply for your H1B visa.

    Canada: You can get citizenship after 3 years of employment.

    US: Getting citizenship is quite difficult.

    Canada: Increase in immigrant intake to 4 Million for 2022

    US: Higher refusal rate of H1B by the US government in the past years.

    (Above as nicely summarized here:

  11. jerry 2023-07-03 05:20

    Treason trump says that if he gets back in, he will populate western South Dakota and all places he sees fit. Treason trump’s idol, Hitler, did that with the Sudentenland for the same supposed reasons. So all of that BLM land that wealthy ranchers have been thinking would always be their’s, treason trump is coming for them. Be careful ranchers, what you vote for. Putin did that in Crimea but is getting his arse handed to him for the rest of Ukraine

    He said he would launch a contest to charter up to 10 “freedom cities” roughly the size of Washington, DC, on undeveloped federal land.

    ““We’ll actually build new cities in our country again,” Trump said in the video. “These freedom cities will reopen the frontier, reignite American imagination, and give hundreds of thousands of young people and other people, all hardworking families, a new shot at home ownership and in fact, the American dream.”

  12. John 2023-07-03 06:54

    DavefN, thanks for the contrasts and comparisons with Canadian v US immigration.
    My heartburn with Canadian immigration is . . . they are not interested in taking in over 65 year olds. Not that I blame them given that 30-40% of boomers have lost their MAGA minds.

  13. Richard Schriever 2023-07-03 08:17

    John, Ecuador is very welcoming to us older folks. The process is even simpler to Canada’s, with a better climate.

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