In March, the Institut de la Statistique du Québec (ISQ) published a portrait of the demographic situation in Quebec in 2020. In its study, the ISQ explored the consequences of the restrictions put in place to slow the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some of the findings from this report:
  • The number of immigrants admitted to Quebec in 2020 decreased significantly; only 25,200 immigrants came to the province, compared to 40,600 in 2019.
  • Non-permanent residents, which include temporary workers, international students and asylum seekers, also posted a negative balance in 2020, with 9,900 fewer residents in 2020 as compared to 2019. This contrasts with the record highs of past years: the balance of non-permanent residents reached 35,500 in 2017, 42,200 in 2018 and 60,600 in 2019.
  • As for net interprovincial migration, Quebec suffered a loss to other provinces that was similar to that of 2019, i.e., 1,700 people (compared to 1,900 in the previous year).
  • The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the number of deaths in 2020, with a total of 74,550 deceased. This is a 10 per cent increase compared to 2019.
  • As for births, 81,850 babies were born in Quebec in 2020, a 3 per cent decline compared to 2019. The ISQ expects that the confinement measures implemented due to the COVID-19 outbreak will have a negative impact on the number of births in 2021.
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