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Box 1: How to access the population projections data

Detailed projection data by single year of age and sex for Canada, provinces and territories can be accessed free of charge via the CANSIM database from Statistics Canada. Table 052-0005 contains the projected population values and Table 052-0006 contains data for the components of population growth.

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The population projections produced by Statistics Canada's Demography Division are not intended to be interpreted as predictions about what will happen in the future. They should instead be understood as an exercise designed to investigate what the Canadian population might become in the years ahead according to various scenarios of possible future change. For this reason, Statistics Canada always publishes several scenarios and formulates several explicit assumptions regarding the main components of population growth. Accordingly, users are encouraged to consider several scenarios when they analyze the projection results.

It should also be kept in mind that the accuracy of the projections produced depends on a number of factors; various events - for example, economic crises, wars, natural catastrophes - that are difficult (or impossible) to anticipate can affect the growth and composition of the Canadian population. For this reason, Statistics Canada revises the population projections on a regular basis, so that the context in which they are developed is taken into account.

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