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Canada's population estimates, third quarter 2015

Ottawa - Canada's population stays below the 36-million mark: According to preliminary estimates, Canada's population was estimated at 35,985,800 on October 1, 2015, up 134,000 from July 1, 2015. Canada's population growth rate was 0.4% in the third quarter, similar to the rate observed for this quarter in 2014.

International migration is the main source of population growth

Natural increase was 41,000 in the third quarter—the difference between 103,800 births and 62,800 deaths, based on preliminary estimates. During the same period, net international migration was 93,000, down 3.6% from the same quarter of 2014 (+96,400) and accounted for 69.4% of population growth in the country during the third quarter.

Population growth declines in Yukon, and slows down in Nunavut and Alberta

Population growth in the third quarter was higher than the national average (+0.4%) in Saskatchewan (+0.5%) and Alberta (+0.5%). Compared with the same quarter in 2014, population growth in the third quarter declined in Yukon (from +0.4% to -0.4%), and slowed in Nunavut (from +0.5% to +0.3%) and Alberta (from +0.6% to +0.5%).

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