OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s population topped 36 million this year for the first time.
The agency estimated Canada’s population at 36,048,500 on Jan. 1, up 62,800 from on Oct. 1, 2015.
Population growth slowed slightly to 0.95 per cent in 2015 compared with 1.04 per cent in 2014.
The increase in the fourth quarter was due in part to 95,300 births compared with 67,900 deaths, based on preliminary estimates.
Net international migration was 35,400, up 600 from the same quarter in 2014.
Population growth was positive in all provinces and territories, except the Yukon.