Canada's Population Rises to 33.9 Million

OTTAWA, March 25 (UPI) — Canada’s population increased by 57,500 people in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 33,930,800, Statistics Canada reported from Ottawa Thursday.

“The net inflow from international migration in the fourth quarter of 2009 amounted to 27,900, compared with 34,500 in the same quarter a year earlier,” StatsCan said, adding the balance of the quarterly gain was from “natural increase.”

Among the 10 provinces and three territories, only Prince Edward Island posted a small decline in the quarter, which the agency attributed to people relocating to other provinces.

“British Columbia’s population rose by 14,300, or 0.32 percent, to just over 4,494,200 … the second consecutive quarter in which the province recorded the fastest population increase among the provinces,” the agency said.

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