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Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2014

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Released: 2015-03-18

According to preliminary estimates, Canada's population was estimated at 35,702,700 on January 1, 2015, up 26,900 from October 1, 2014. The population growth rate in Canada was 0.1% in the fourth quarter, similar to the growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2013. Yearly population growth stood at 1.0% in 2014, also similar to the growth rate observed in 2013 (+1.1%).

In the fourth quarter, population growth was above the national average (+0.1%) in Alberta (+0.3%), Manitoba (+0.3%) and Saskatchewan (+0.2%). In terms of yearly population growth, Alberta (+2.4%) continued to lead all provinces and territories in 2014, followed by Nunavut (+2.1%) and Saskatchewan (+1.5%). Conversely, the population decreased in the Northwest Territories (-0.8%), Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.4%) and New Brunswick (-0.1%) in 2014.

  Note to readers

Estimates released today are based on 2011 Census counts adjusted for census net undercoverage and incompletely enumerated Indian reserves to which are added the estimated demographic growth for the period from May 10, 2011 to December 31, 2014.

These estimates are not to be confused with the 2011 Census population counts that were released on February 8, 2012.

The October to December 2014 issue of Quarterly Demographic Estimates, Vol. 28, no. 4 (Catalogue number91-002-X), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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