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