Canada's population now exceeds 34 million, with British Columbia showing the strongest growth rate of all provinces, according to Statistics Canada.

Population increases by province:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador rose by 0.02 per cent to 510,900.
  • Prince Edward Island grew by 0.23 per cent to 141,600.
  • Nova Scotia posted a 0.03 per cent drop to 940,500.
  • New Brunswick's population expanded by 0.08 per cent to 751,300.
  • Quebec's population grew by 0.20 per cent to 7,886,100.
  • Ontario's population rose by 0.25 per cent to 13,167,900.
  • Manitoba's population grew by 0.30 per cent to 1,232,700.
  • Saskatchewan posted a 0.36 per cent gain to 1,041,700.
  • Alberta's population climbed 0.35 per cent to 3,724,800.
  • British Columbia's population grew by 0.37 per cent to 4,510,900.
  • All three territories posted population growth above the national average: Nunavut 1.05 per cent to 32,900, the Northwest Territories 0.57 per cent to 43,529 and Yukon 0.75 per cent to 34,246.

Source: Statistics Canada

As of April, the national population was estimated at 34,019,000, a jump of 0.26 per cent — or 88,100 people — from January.

The increase was smaller than the rise of 91,400 in the same period last year.

The four western provinces and three territories all posted growth rates above the national average.

For the third consecutive quarter, British Columbia led all provinces, growing by 0.37 per cent to just over 4,510,900. 

On a national level, the net international migration accounted for 71 per cent of the increase while 29 per cent was attributable to natural increase.

Both factors increased at a slower pace than in the previous year.

The drop in Canada's net international migration was largely a result of a substantial drop in the net number of non-permanent residents.

These are people from another country who have a work or study permit, or who are refugee claimants.

Non-permanent residents also include family members living with refugee claimants in Canada.