What is Canada’s latest population figure?

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The population increased in all regions except in the Northwest Territories (down by 0.5%). Regions that saw population growth rates exceeding the national level of 1.1% included Alberta (up by 1.3%), Prince Edward Island (up by 1.2%), and Ontario (up by 1.2%).

StatCan cited international migration as the major driver of Canada’s population growth: Fully 96% of Q3 population growth was due to international migration.

“The contribution of natural increase to population growth is expected to remain low in the coming years because of population aging, lower fertility levels, and the high number of immigrants and non-permanent residents coming to Canada,” StatCan said.

In the third quarter alone, Canada welcomed 107,972 newcomers. From January to September 2023, immigration levels stood at 79.8% (371,299) of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s target of 465,000 immigrants for this year.

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