02 October 2016

Good news for Canada

Did you see the Statistics Canada report Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories 2016 (pdf)

  • On July 1, 2016, Canada’s population was estimated at 36,286,425, up 437,815 (+1.2%) in the past year (2015/2016).
  • In absolute numbers, Canada’s population growth in the past year was the largest since 1988/1989 (+485,034).
  • Population growth in Canada remained the strongest among G7 countries.
  • In 2015/2016, net international migration was responsible for 71.7% of the population growth in Canada.
  • Canada has never registered such high net international migration as in the past year (+313,925) since the beginning of the period covered by the current demographic accounting system (July 1971).
  • Canada received 320,932 immigrants in the past year. The country had not received as many immigrants in a single annual period since the early 1910s, during the settlement of Western Canada.
That's good news as the population is getting older.


Anonymous said...

It's a big country. Bigger than most.

Anonymous said...

It may seem like good news but only if the new people entering Canada spread out rather than increase the population of already overcrowded cities. While taking on new-comers it is hoped (at least by me) that they bring with them skills and a desire to keep Canada as great as I do in my heart.

Remembering the song from the 1967 Centennial year which claimed "Now that we're 20 million" makes the Census record's number you quote in the article only an increase of 16 million in 49 years ... an average of 326,530 per year. Hopefully the ageing population still has a lot to give!