According to Statistics Canada (StatsCan), Canada’s population passed the 38 million mark on July 1, 2020.
StatsCan estimated that the population hit 38,005,238 on July 1, 2020, a 1.1% increase from the year previous.
StatsCan said that the population increased by 411,854 in 2020.
It was the first population increase below 500,000 since 2016. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is being blamed for the drop in population increase.
Travel restrictions remain in place, with exceptions being made for Canadian citizens, permanent residents and other eligible travellers only.
Canada’s population continues to age, with the average Canadian being 41.4 years old.
The average age of Canadians has been steadily rising since records were first kept in 1971.
There are now more seniors (Canadians older than 65 years), with the number of Canadians older than 100 years hitting a record high of 11,517.
Population growth hit a record high in 2019, before hitting a record low in 2020 (thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Canada’s population growth slowed due to COVID-19 deaths, but more because of travel restrictions imposed by the Government of Canada.
For the period covered by the StatsCan report (until June 30, 2020) 8,591 people had died from COVID-19 in Canada.
The number of new immigrants to Canada is still the largest driver for population growth. 81.9% of population growth in 2019 was due to the arrival of new immigrants.
Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 had a big impact on the number of new immigrants.
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