|Canada's population estimates|
OTTAWA- Statistics Canada today releases Canada's population estimates. Canada's population posted its highest quarterly growth since 1991 in the second quarter of 2008, with an increase of 125,800. The advance was mainly due to a rise in net international migration which, at 91,600, reached its highest level since the end of the 1980s.
As of July 1, 2008, Canada's population was estimated at 33,311,400. From April to June, Canada's population grew by 0.38%.
The increase in net international migration over the second quarter of 2008 is mainly explained by an increase in both the number of immigrants and non-permanent residents.
Between April and June, 69,200 immigrants entered Canada, nearly 7,600 more than the same quarter a year earlier but below the peak of almost 74,500 observed in the second quarter of 2005.
Immigration was up in all provinces and territories. New second-quarter records were reached in Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Ontario, which traditionally received more than half of Canada's immigrants, fell below the 50% mark for the sixth quarter in a row.
The number of non-permanent residents in Canada also rose by more than 30,800 from April to June, the highest increase ever for a second quarter. Higher net numbers of non-permanent residents were observed in almost every province and territory, especially in Quebec and in the four western provinces, where the levels topped second quarter highs.
Canada's rate of natural increase in the second quarter of 2008 remained relatively stable compared with the same period of 2007, with the number of births and deaths increasing in a similar fashion.
You can find more details at: http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/080929/d080929c.htm and http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/080929/d080929b.htm
Yves Bouchard 10/9/2008