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Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2021

Released: 2021-06-17

Quarterly population estimate — Canada

38,131,104

April 1, 2021

0.2% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.L.

520,286

April 1, 2021

-0.0% decrease

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — P.E.I.

160,536

April 1, 2021

0.4% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.S.

982,326

April 1, 2021

0.3% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.B.

783,721

April 1, 2021

0.2% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Que.

8,585,523

April 1, 2021

0.1% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Ont.

14,789,778

April 1, 2021

0.2% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Man.

1,382,904

April 1, 2021

0.1% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Sask.

1,179,906

April 1, 2021

0.1% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Alta.

4,444,277

April 1, 2021

0.2% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — B.C.

5,174,724

April 1, 2021

0.4% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Y.T.

42,596

April 1, 2021

1.0% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.W.T.

44,991

April 1, 2021

-0.3% decrease

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Nvt.

39,536

April 1, 2021

0.3% increase

(quarterly change)

Demographic estimates for Canada, the provinces and territories on April 1, 2021, are now available. These new data allow for an analysis of population growth during the first quarter of 2021, and indicate a progressive return to pre-pandemic trends.

  Note to readers

The estimates released today are based on 2016 Census counts adjusted for census net undercoverage and incompletely enumerated Indian reserves, to which are added the population growth estimates for the period from May 10, 2016, to the date of the estimate. They are not to be confused with the 2021 Census population counts, which will be released on February 9, 2022.

These are preliminary data and will be revised later this year.

Some of the estimation methods typically used were adjusted to account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (deaths and the components of emigration). As the adjustments closely follow what was done in the second quarter of 2020 (see Technical Supplement: Production of Demographic Estimates for the Second Quarter of 2020 in the Context of COVID-19), a technical supplement was not produced for first quarter of 2021 data.

Canada's population clock (real-time model)

Canada's population clock (real-time model) was updated today with the most recent quarterly population estimates released by Statistics Canada.

Canada's population clock is an interactive learning tool aiming to give Canadians a sense of the pace of the country's population renewal. The population estimates and census counts remain the measures used by various government programs.

Products

The Quarterly Demographic Estimates, January to March 2021 (Catalogue number91-002-X) publication is now available.

The product Quarterly demographic estimates, provinces and territories: Interactive dashboard (Catalogue number71-607-X) is also available.

The product Canada's population clock (real-time model) (Catalogue number71-607-X) is also available.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

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