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Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2016

Released: 2016-06-16

Quarterly population estimate — Canada

36,155,487

April 1, 2016

0.3% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.L.

528,448

April 1, 2016

0.0% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — P.E.I.

147,390

April 1, 2016

0.3% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.S.

947,284

April 1, 2016

0.2% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.B.

755,868

April 1, 2016

0.2% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Que.

8,310,708

April 1, 2016

0.2% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Ont.

13,920,499

April 1, 2016

0.3% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Man.

1,308,912

April 1, 2016

0.4% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Sask.

1,146,655

April 1, 2016

0.4% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Alta.

4,249,842

April 1, 2016

0.4% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — B.C.

4,720,932

April 1, 2016

0.3% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Y.T.

37,294

April 1, 2016

0.3% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.W.T.

44,340

April 1, 2016

0.1% 

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Nvt.

37,315

April 1, 2016

0.4% 

(quarterly change)

Immigration stimulates Canada's population growth in the first quarter

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).

  Note to readers

Estimates released today are based on 2011 Census counts adjusted for census net undercoverage and incompletely enumerated Indian reserves, to which is added the estimated demographic growth for the period from May 10, 2011 to March 31, 2016.

These estimates are not to be confused with the 2016 Census population counts to be released on February 8, 2017.

Refugees are classified as landed immigrants (permanent residents) by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Products

The first quarter 2016 issue of Quarterly Demographic Estimates, Vol. 30, no. 1 (Catalogue number91-002-X), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website, under Publications.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

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