Canada’s population tops 38 million, even as the COVID-19 pandemic slows the growth

Canada’s population topped 38 million people as of July this year, according to data released by Statistics Canada. The country’s population hit 38,005,238 on July 1, although growth in 2019/20 slowed to levels last seen in 2015/16 at around 406,579. The agency attributed lower growth this year largely to border restrictions brought in due to COVID-19 in mid-March, which led to fewer immigrants and non-permanent residents entering the country. Most of this year’s immigrants arrived prior to travel restrictions in mid-March, with just 34,271 arriving in the second quarter of 2020.