Canadian Population Growth By Province 2018

Canadian Population Growth By Province 2018
Canadian Population Growth By Province 2018

Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Canada’s Major cities include Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and the capital of the nation Ottawa. Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia.

This ranking is based on 2016 National census conducted every five years by Statistics Canada

10.  Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador population has grown by +1.01%. Newfoundland and Labrador have a combined population of 536,000, which makes it the 9th most populous province in Canada.


9.  Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island

P.E.I has grown by +1.93%, As of July 1, 2017, Prince Edward Island’s population is estimated to be 152,021. and  Prince Edward Island is one of eastern Canada’s maritime provinces.


8. Quebec

An area view of Quebec City
An area view of Quebec City

Quebec population has grown by +3.31%, Quebec has an estimated population of 8.18 million, which makes it the second-most populous province in Canada. This compares to the population of 7.9 million at the 2011 census. The province has a population density of 8 people per square kilometer or 15 per square mile. Quebec accounts for 24% of Canada’s total population.


7. Ontario

City of Toronto

Ontario has grown by +4.64%, Ontario has an estimated population of 13.6 million living in a total area of 1,076,395 square kilometers or more than 415,000 square miles. This gives Ontario a population density of 14 people per square kilometer or 36 per square mile. Ontario is often divided into two regions: Southern Ontario and Northern Ontario. Most of the population and the arable land is in the south, along with the city of Toronto.

The larger northern part of the province is very sparsely inhabited. The most populous city, Toronto, has a population density of 10,750 people per square mile, or 4,149 per square kilometer.


6. British Columbia

British Columbia
Mountain View British Columbia

The population of British Columbia is growing by approximately 5.64% per year. This growth is mainly of older residents as the province is a hot spot for immigration.

British Columbia, or BC, is a province in Canada on the west coast that is considered part of the Pacific Northwest, along with US states Washington and Oregon. British Columbia has a population of just under 4.7 million. It is steadily growing.


5. Manitoba


Manitoba has been seeing steadily growing at 5.80%, Manitoba is the easternmost of three prairie provinces in Canada. Manitoba is bordered by Saskatchewan to the west, Nunavut to the north, Ontario to the east and U.S. states North Dakota and Minnesota to the south.

The northernmost areas of Manitoba are permafrost, or permanently frozen subsoil, with some tundra bordering the Hudson Bay. Manitoba has an estimated population of 1.272 million, up from 1.208 million in 2011. The province has a population density of about 2 people per square kilometer or 6 per square mile.


4. Yukon


Yukon is the westernmost and also the smallest of Canada’s territories. The capital is Whitehorse, which is also the largest city in the territory. The population report in 2011 was 33,897 with a recent 5-year growth rate of 11.6%. Yukon’s estimated population in 2016 is 37,000. Much of the growth of the territory, which is higher than the average for Canada, is due to internal migration from other territories.


3. Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan is one of the prairie provinces in Canada that is bordered by the province of Alberta to the west, the Northwest Territories to the north, Manitoba to the east and the U.S. states North Dakota and Montana to the south.

The population of Saskatchewan is estimated at 1.12 million. Most people live in the southern half of Saskatchewan, of which 258,000 live in the largest city, Saskatoon. Saskatchewan is the 7th largest province in terms of area and the 6th largest in terms of population with a population density of about 2 people per square kilometer or 5 people per square mile.


2. Alberta

Lake Louise, Alberta
Lake Louise, Alberta

Alberta is a province of Canada in western Canada. It’s one of the 3 Prairie Provinces in Canada bordered by British Columbia to the west, Saskatchewan to the east, the Northwest Territories to the north and the U.S. state Montana to the south. The capital of Alberta in Edmonton, located near the center of the province and 180 miles north of Calgary, the largest city of Alberta.

Alberta has grown fairly quickly over the last decade, in large part due to its growing economy. Alberta has had high birthrates combined with high immigration and a high rate of interprovincial migration. In 2011, it was home to 7 of the 8 fastest-growing census agglomerations in the country.

Alberta has grown from just 73,000 people in 1901 to 2.9 million in 2001, hitting 3.3 million in 2006.

Today, Alberta is leading Canada in population growth, in part as many people move to the region from other parts of Canada. From October 2013 to the start of 2014, Alberta gained almost 22,000 people with a growth rate of 11.57% in 2013. By 2041, Alberta is projected to hit a population of 5 to 7 million, with a growth rate that drops to about 1.5% a year between 2012 and 2041.




Nunavut is very sparsely populated with a population of just 33,000 and a population density of 0.02 people per square kilometer 0.052 per square mile.

This was, however, an 8.3% increase on the 2006 census; a much higher increase than the average increase across Canada. The growth rate has slowed down more recently with an increase from 2013 to 2014 of 0.8% bringing the total number of people today to 36,408.


Canadian Population Growth By Provinces 2018

RankProvinces/Territories2016 Census Change % -/+
1 Nunavut35,944 +12.66%
2 Alberta
4,067,175 +11.57%
3 Saskatchewan1,098,352 +6.29%
4 Yukon35,874 +5.83%
5 Manitoba1,278,365 +5.80%
6 British Columbia4,648,055 +5.64%
7 Ontario13,448,494 +4.64%
8 Quebec8,164,361 +3.31%
9 Prince Edward Island142,907 +1.93%
10 Newfoundland and Labrador519,716 +1.01%
11 Northwest Territories41,786 +0.78%
12 Nova Scotia923,598 +0.20%
13 New Brunswick747,101−0.54%
Total Canada35,151,728+5.00%