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Immigration Fuels Population Growth in 2016

In 2016, Canada's population reached 35.2 million, an increase of 1.7 million since 2011, and is the largest growth of all the G7 countries. 

Statistics Canada counted 35,151,7278 people in the May 2016 census, which is a 5 percent increase over the 2011 count. The number of private dwellings has reached 14 million, up 5.6 percent from 2011.

City living

Toronto continues to hold its title as Canada's largest city with 2,731,571 residents, totaling 7.8 percent of the country's entire population. Montreal, the second-place city, has 1,704,694 residents.

Four cities in the the Golden Horseshoe -- Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Hamilton -- are ranked in the top ten largest Canadian cities. 

These numbers reveal that Canada's population grew by 1.7 million people since the last census in 2011. Immigrants accounted for two-thirds of this increase and the 'natural increase,' the difference between births and deaths, accounted for the rest.

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