Canada’s population growth

June 17, 2016

Did you know?, International

Canada’s population growth

Toronto

Statistics Canada

According to preliminary estimates, Canada’s population was 36,155,487 on April 1, 2016, an increase of 106,966 from January 1, 2016. This was the highest gain for a first quarter since 1989 (+115,420).

This population growth was mainly attributable to the number of new immigrants (86,216) who arrived in the country in the first three months of 2016, a large number of whom were Syrian refugees. Since the introduction of the current system of demographic accounts in July 1971, Canada has never received this number of immigrants in a single quarter. The previous record was set in the third quarter of 2010 (84,292 immigrants).

Alberta’s population grew by 0.4 per cent, faster than Canada as a whole and any other individual province. Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario were just behind Alberta.

Manitoba’s population has been growing at a record-breaking pace.

Manitoba gained 19,432 people in the 12-month period from April 1, 2015, to April 1, 2016 — an increase of 1.51 percent, second only to Alberta’s 12-month gain of 1.78 percent.

Geography 2015 2016
Q2 Q2
Canada 35,754,786 36,155,487
Newfoundland and Labrador 528,124 528,448
Prince Edward Island 146,175 147,390
Nova Scotia 942,366 947,284
New Brunswick 754,185 755,868
Quebec 8,245,896 8,310,708
Ontario 13,752,091 13,920,499
Manitoba 1,289,489 1,308,912
Saskatchewan 1,130,537 1,146,655
Alberta 4,175,701 4,249,842
British Columbia 4,672,474 4,720,932
Yukon 37,056 37,294
   Northwest Territories  44,150 44,340
   Nunavut  36,542 37,315

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