It pushed Canada's population to 35,151,728, which is a five per cent hike from 2011, when it was at 33.5 million. It grew by 0.6 per cent between 2001 and 2006.
The population and dwelling counts released by Statistics Canada are the first sets of data to be released from the 2016 census, which was taken on May 10, 2016.
"They're only up by about 70 (people) right now, but that will grow", Gary Brown, a senior information officer at the Yukon Bureau of Statistics, said this morning. Bridgewater, for example, with a population of 8,532 saw a growth rate of 3.5 per cent in the last five years and Middleton (pop. 1,832) saw a 4.7 per cent population increase. The province's population increased, but at a slower rate of growth than the rest of the country.
It's the highest rate of growth among G7 countries. Ontario's growth rate, despite being much lower than Alberta's by percentage, still included a much larger number of people.
"Our GDP between 2006 and 2011 were among the highest in the country for a couple years in there".
According to Hallman, we know from other sources that while births and deaths are now about equal in the province - though that is expected to change as the population continues to age - Nova Scotia is experiencing population loss to other provinces in Canada.
"No question, on the mineral side, the exploration and mineral production has fallen off compared to the previous period", said Brown.
The highest rates of population growth in Canada during the census period are in the west.
After Nunavut, Alberta had the highest growth rate at 11.6 per cent.
Other parts of southern Ontario to lose population between 2011 and 2016 include Owen Sound, Meaford, Sarnia, Chatham-Kent, Leamington, and rural areas around London and Sarnia.
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Some suburbs have reported population declines. The province shrunk by 0.5 per cent.
Kitchener's population grew by 6.4 per cent and Waterloo's by 6.3 per cent, hitting 233,222 and 104,986 respectively, while Cambridge saw its population rise by 2.5 per cent to 129,920.
"When we see Manitoba's population increasing, we know Winnipeg's population is increasing as well, and increasingly significantly so, that's a good news report", Bowman said.
"Now people are becoming more settled here".
About 10 per cent of Yukoners are 65 years of age and older, said Brown. These four cities accounted for 69.4 per cent of Manitoba's total growth between 2011 and 2016.
There were 705,244 residents in the city of Winnipeg in May 2016.
Watson Lake lost about 12 residents and Carmacks lost around 10. "For the first time ever in Census history, the western provinces of Canada are making up one-third of the population which means over 30% of the country now lives in one of the western provinces". 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 population rose to 20 million by the time Canada was 100 years old in 1967.
Today, three in five people live in Quebec and Ontario.
Interestingly, at three per cent, Nova Scotia's dwelling count growth rate over the past five years was much higher than its population growth.