CANADA’S POP­U­LA­TION TOPS 37 MIL­LION FOR FIRST TIME

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Canada’s pop­u­la­tion has ex­ceeded 37 mil­lion for the first time, driven by a record first quar­ter for in­ter­na­tional mi­gra­tion. More than 88,000 peo­ple im­mi­grated to Canada be­tween Jan. 1 and April 1, ac­cord­ing to Statis­tics Canada data re­leased Thursday. That in­flux made up for a record-low quar­ter for nat­u­ral pop­u­la­tion growth — the dif­fer­ence be­tween do­mes­tic births and deaths. Only 15,031 more peo­ple were born in Canada be­tween Jan­uary and April than died over the same stretch. There were 93,944 births and 78,907 deaths, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary anal­y­sis of cen­sus data per­formed by StatsCan. In­ter­est­ingly, the re­searchers noted that Canada has never recorded so many deaths in a sin­gle quar­ter be­fore. “In ad­di­tion,” they wrote, “there are gen­er­ally fewer births dur­ing this time of the year.”

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