Canada’s population tops 35M: 2016 census

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Canada’s population grew to 35,151,728 last year largely driven by growth in the west, according to the 2016 census data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.

The country’s rate of growth was five per cent since 2011— when the population stood at 33.5 million. This rate was once again the highest of G7 countries, but was down from the 5.9 per cent growth recorded in the last census.

About two-thirds of this increase was due to net immigration into the country, while the rest was from new births.