Returned to the positive side in the last three quarters, following two consecutive years of losses

Mario ToneguzziAlberta had one of the highest rates of population growth in the country in the first quarter of this year.

According to Statistics Canada, Nunavut (+0.7 per cent), Ontario and Alberta (+0.4 per cent each) had higher population growth rates than Canada overall (+0.3 per cent).

“Alberta returned to the positive side in its migratory exchanges with other provinces and territories in the last three quarters, following two consecutive years of losses. The province had interprovincial migration gains of 1,862 in the first three months of the year,” said the federal agency on Thursday.

According to preliminary estimates, Canada’s population was 37,067,011 on April 1, 2018, it said.

“It took two years and two months for the Canadian population to go from 36 million to more than 37 million. This was the shortest length of time ever observed for an increase of this magnitude. In the first quarter, Canada’s population growth rate was 0.3 per cent, up 103,157 compared with Jan. 1, 2018,” explained StatsCan.

“From Jan. 1 to April 1, 2018, international migratory increase was 88,120, the highest level ever for a first quarter. Canada received 79,951 immigrants, while the number of non-permanent residents rose by 22,283. The increase in the number of non-permanent residents was attributable to an increase in the number of work permit holders and refugee claimants.”

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.

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