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Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2015

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Released: 2015-06-17

Population estimate


April 1st, 2015


(quarterly change)

According to preliminary estimates, Canada's population was estimated at 35,749,600 on April 1, 2015, up 46,900 from January 1, 2015. The population growth rate in Canada for the first quarter was 0.1%, which was lower than the growth observed for the same period in 2014 (+0.2%).

Population growth for the first quarter was above the national average in Western Canada, Yukon and Nunavut. For jurisdictions with stronger population growth in the first quarter of 2014, the growth has slowed down, especially in Alberta (from +0.7% to +0.4%), Saskatchewan (from +0.4% to +0.2%) and Nunavut (from +0.8% to +0.5%).

  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 March 31, 2015.

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


The January to March 2015 issue of Quarterly Demographic Estimates, Vol. 29, no. 1 (Catalogue number91-002-X), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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