Canada’s population growth
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.
|Newfoundland and Labrador||528,124||528,448|
|Prince Edward Island||146,175||147,390|