Canada's population now at 35 million, growth in Waterloo Region and Guelph

Big growth in rural Waterloo Region saw three of the region's four townships pass population milestones.

The latest census data shows that population growth rates in metro St. John's fell below national levels over the last few years.

There's been some outmigration as Edmonton's unemployment rate reached 7.4 per cent, he said. Still, it's down from the 10.8 per cent rate recorded from 2006-2011. This was more than double the national average.

Specific data on immigration for this census period won't be made public this fall when the government releases census data on global migration and ethnocultural diversity. The 2011 population was listed at 160,274.

Although many parts of Nova Scotia - and indeed the province as a whole - saw low or negative rates of growth, some areas enjoyed reasonable population increases in the past five years. Other projections estimate that immigration may account for Canada's entire population growth by the year 2050. Since 1911 (the first census after Alberta and Saskatchewan joined Confederation), this proportion has ranged from 60% to 64%.

The Canadian population has spiked more than 1,700,000 people since 2011, which brings the total population of our neighbors to the north up to 35,151,728.

Smithers had a nominal decrease of roughly three people, down to 5,401 from 5,404 in 2011. 2016's survey was the first mandatory long-form census since it was reintroduced by the Liberal government after being axed by the Conservatives in 2010.

The region has 10th largest population among those urban areas.

This leaves Wellesley Township as the only regional community outside the census metropolitan area designated by Statistics Canada.

As a result of that growth, according to StatsCan, "almost one-third (31.6 per cent) of Canadians lived in the West in 2016, the largest share on record". Toronto comes first with 5,928,040 inhabitants, followed by Montreal, which for the first time in the census exceeds the 4-million mark.

Doig River saw a loss of two people over the last five years, dropping from 120 people in 2011 to 118 in 2016. In Toronto, the population grew 6.2% following a 9.2% gain from 2006 to 2011, while in Montréal, the population rose 4.2% following a 5.3% increase.

City-wise, Whistler, Sooke and Squamish grew the fastest in the province.

  • Rogelio Becker