Canada reports lowest population growth rate in over a century due to COVID-19: StatCan

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With lower rates of international migration and climbing death rates, Canada saw its lowest population growth rate percentage last year since 1916, Statistics Canada reports. The data released Thursday indicates that Canada’s population increased by 0.4 per cent in 2020. This is approximately one-quarter of the growth seen in 2019, and the lowest annual growth rate percentage since 1916, when Canada was at war. “Since the majority of growth in Canada comes from international migration (86% in 2019), the restrictions on international travel greatly impacted the population growth patterns in the country,” Statistics Canada said in a statement to CTVNews.ca. “Had the pandemic not have occurred, we would have had every reason to expect growth in Canada to have continued as it has in the recent past.”

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