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Canadians more likely to delay having children due to the pandemic: Statistics Canada ANALYSIS: Changes in fertility due to the pandemic could have implications on long-term immigration policy planning.

Immigration policymakers and analysts monitor fertility as it is a factor in long-term immigration planning. Any pandemic-related baby slump will be felt in Canada’s labour market in about 25 years’ time since that is how long it generally takes for Canadian-born workers to enter the labour market.