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Immigration Drives Fastest Canada Population Growth Since 1957

  • Second-quarter gain hits 0.7%, or nearly 3,100 people per day
  • Immigration made up 95% of increase, highest on record
Students walk through the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver during the first week of classes this month.

Students walk through the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver during the first week of classes this month.

Photographer: Taehoon Kim/Bloomberg

Canada’s population grew at the fastest pace since around the height of the baby boom, with immigration responsible for nearly all of that growth.

The number of people living in Canada rose by 0.7%, or 284,982, to 38.9 million in the second quarter of 2022, according to Statistics Canada estimates released Wednesday in Ottawa. That’s the highest pace for quarterly growth since 1957 and represents an increase of about 3,100 people per day.