Recently released figures of Statistics Canada have shown that the country’s population has surpassed 35 million in the past year, along with a 1.2 per cent increase and generally enhanced growth in the western provinces. The figures in the agency’s population estimates were made public on Thursday morning, which showed that Canada’s population is estimated to be at 35,158,300, due to an estimated increase of 404,000 over the last year.
Frank Trovato, a professor of demography and population studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, informed that “the trend is showing that we are growing but not by too much or too little.” It was highlighted that the 1.2 per cent increase is similar to the increase of last year and also in line with the annual growth in the country over the last three decades. The report states that “the population growth rate has shown little variation in 30 years, ranging from 0.8 per cent to 1.2 per cent.”
It was reported that since 1993-94, net international migration is observed to have been the main source of population growth for Canada. Moreover, during the period from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013, it was responsible for two-thirds of the country’s population growth. Trovato alleged that though population growth of Canada is all right for now, it still needs to have a robust population increase in order to keep up with workforce demands and to have a strong economy. He alleged that “the growth in other countries probably has to do with growth in their fertility rates” adding that “in Canada, the fertility rate has fluctuated between 1.5 and 1.7 children per woman for many years. We fell below the replacement rate of 2.1 in the early seventies.”
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