canada population 2020

Canada's population just officially passed 38 million

The population of Canada just officially passed 38 million people for the first time in history, likely reaching the mark sometime between April 1 and July 1 2020.

The country added an additional 411,854 people in the last year, according to Statistics Canada.

And while that might seem like a lot of new people, population growth actually hit a record low in Canada between March and June.

canada population 2020Statistics Canada shows the population growth rate in Canada for 1999/2000 to 2019/2020.

The culprit behind the slow growth? Well, the ongoing pandemic, of course. Between the border restrictions, fewer immigrants entering Canada, and (to a lesser extent) more deaths related to COVID-19, the population isn't growing nearly as fast.

And it's happening across Canada; population growth was lower in 2019/2020 than a year earlier in almost every province.

Growth in Ontario, for example, slowed from 1.6 per cent to 1.3 per cent; that may not seem like a lot, but it's actually 46,725 fewer people — enough to fill Toronto's Scotiabank Arena more than twice.

Newfoundland and Labrador was the only province or territory to actually have a negative growth rate, with the overall population declining for the fourth year in a row.

canada population 2020

Statistics Canada shows the population growth rate for individual Canadian provinces and territories for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.

Nunavut continued to have the highest population growth rate in the country, experiencing a rate of 1.9 per cent this year.

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Juan Rojas


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