Canada's population, July 1, 2020

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Release date: September 29, 2020
Infographic: Canada's population, July 1, 2020
Description: Canada's population, July 1, 2020

Canada's population, July 1, 2020

Canada’s population reached the 38-million mark between April 1 and July 1, 2020.

However, the annual increase of 411,854 was the lowest since 2015/2016 due to international migration being slowed by COVID-19.

Population growth in Canada and most provinces slowed by COVID-19

Population growth 2019/2020
Table summary
This table displays the results of Population growth 2019/2020. The information is grouped by Geographic area (appearing as row headers), Population growth, Higher than in 2018/2019 and Lower than in 2018/2019, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Geographic area Population growth
Higher than in 2018/2019 Lower than in 2018/2019
Canada Note ...: not applicable 1.1
Newfoundland and Labrador -0.3 Note ...: not applicable
Prince Edward Island Note ...: not applicable 1.5
Nova Scotia Note ...: not applicable 1
New Brunswick Note ...: not applicable 0.6
Quebec Note ...: not applicable 0.9
Ontario Note ...: not applicable 1.3
Manitoba Note ...: not applicable 0.7
Saskatchewan Note ...: not applicable 0.5
Alberta Note ...: not applicable 1.4
British Columbia Note ...: not applicable 1.1
Yukon Note ...: not applicable 1.4
Northwest Territories 0.3 Note ...: not applicable
Nunavut 1.9 Note ...: not applicable

Canada recorded its lowest natural increaseNote 1 ever (+74,571).

This was expected because of the overall aging of the population, but it was also amplified by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more deaths being reported.

While Canada has welcomed record numbers of permanent and temporary immigrants since 2015/2016, international migratory growth decreased sharply from April 1 to June 30, 2020, following the border restrictions introduced as a result of the pandemic.

International migration
Table summary
This table displays the results of International migration. The information is grouped by Year (appearing as row headers), Months and Number (appearing as column headers).
Year Months Number
2017 July to September 140,669
2017 October to December 56,950
2018 January to March 89,083
2018 April to June 140,156
2018 July to September 151,062
2018 October to December 56,538
2019 January to March 82,873
2019 April to June 152,487
2019 July to September 176,038
2019 October to December 81,168
2020 January to March 70,377
2020 April to June 9,700

Given the size of the Canadian population, COVID-19 has had a limited effect on the country’s age and sex profile.

Despite the fact that 72% (6,164)Note 2 of Canadians who died of COVID-19 were aged 80 and older, the population in this age group grew by 38,758 to total 1,663,666 on July 1, 2020, driven by population aging.

Source: Statistics Canada, Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2020.

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