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Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2021

Released: 2022-03-17

Quarterly population estimate — Canada

38,526,760

January 1, 2022

0.2% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.L.

522,453

January 1, 2022

0.1% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — P.E.I.

166,331

January 1, 2022

0.2% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.S.

1,002,586

January 1, 2022

0.4% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.B.

797,102

January 1, 2022

0.4% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Que.

8,639,642

January 1, 2022

0.1% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Ont.

14,951,825

January 1, 2022

0.2% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Man.

1,390,249

January 1, 2022

0.3% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Sask.

1,183,269

January 1, 2022

0.2% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Alta.

4,480,486

January 1, 2022

0.4% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — B.C.

5,264,485

January 1, 2022

0.3% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Y.T.

42,982

January 1, 2022

-0.3% decrease

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — N.W.T.

45,640

January 1, 2022

0.3% increase

(quarterly change)

Quarterly population estimate — Nvt.

39,710

January 1, 2022

0.3% increase

(quarterly change)

Demographic estimates for Canada, the provinces and the territories on January 1, 2022 are now available. These new data allow for an analysis of population growth during the fourth quarter of 2021 and the whole of 2021.

The estimates released today are based on 2016 Census of Population counts, adjusted for census net undercoverage and incompletely enumerated Indian reserves. To these counts, the population growth estimates for the period from May 10, 2016, to the date of the estimate are added. They are not to be confused with the 2021 Census of Population counts released on February 9, 2022. Population estimates based on the 2021 Census results will be disseminated in September 2023, when census coverage study results will become available.

  Note to readers

These are preliminary data that will be revised over the coming year.

Some of the estimation methods usually 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 the fourth quarter of 2021.

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, October to December 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; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or Media Relations (statcan.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.statcan@statcan.gc.ca).

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