OTTAWA – Canada’s population has surpassed 35 million for the first time, according to a new estimate from Statistics Canada, and this country’s continual growth brings about both benefits and challenges, experts say.
The federal agency issued a quarterly population estimate this week showing 35,002,447 people living in Canada as of Oct. 1 of this year. Andre Lebel, a demographer with Statistics Canada, confirmed this is the first time the country’s headcount has been officially pegged at 35 million or greater.
The latest population estimate shows growth of 121,956 people between the third and fourth quarters of this year, and 396,091 over 12 months. That makes for growth of 1.1 per cent over the last year.
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