Population of Canada 2020

Canada Population 2020

Canada has population of over 36 million which is ranking 39th most populous country in the world. Canada’s population accounts for 0.49% of the world population. Canada is also Word’s 2rd largest country by land area with size of 9,984,670 km2.

Based on our research, Canada population will reach 36.528 million by the end of 2020. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.98% over last 9 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table below) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of Canada

The following table shows Canada is enjoying healthy and consistent population growth over last 9 years range from 0.95% to 1.00% adding 329,278 to 346,537 people to the overall population each year. The reasons behind the growth are: growth of birth rate, longer life expectancy and growth of immigrants.

Comparing two census year population (2011 and 2016), the growth rate is 5% adding 1.7 million people to the national population. During this period, immigrants accounting for two-thirds of the increase. Canada has one of the highest per-capita immigration rates in the world.

Year Population Growth Rate
2011 33,476,688 n/a
2012 33,811,696 1.0%
2013 34,145,893 0.99%
2014 34,483,813 0.99%
2015 34,813,091 0.95%
2016 35,151,728 0.97%
2017 35,488,648 0.96%
2018 35,835,185 0.98%
2019 36,175,055 0.97%

Population Density of Canada

Canada’s population density is 3.7 people per square kilometer, which is among the lowest in the world. The top six largest countries by size are: Russia, Canada, America, China, Brazil and Australia. As you can see from the table, even Canada population density is the least among other largest countries in the world. It is interesting to see China’s population density is almost 5 times of Australia. USA population density is more than 10 times of Canada.

Country Size (km2) Density
Russia 17,075,200 8.56
Canada 9,984,670 3.61
America 9,826,630 32.87
China 9,596,960 143.30
Brazil 8,511,965 24.53
Australia 7,686,850 3.14


Demography of Canada

Canada is very culture diverse country. According to 2016 Canadian Census, the makeup of ethnic origin groups are: Canadian(32 percent),English (18.3 percent), Scottish (13.9 percent), French (13.6 percent), Irish (13.4 percent), German (9.6 percent), Chinese (5.1 percent), Italian (4.6 percent), First Nations (4.4 percent), Indian (4.0 percent), and Ukrainian (3.9 percent).

Based on 2011 survey, the religious makeup of Canada religious is: 67.3 percent of Canadians are Christian. Within this group: Roman Catholics accounting for 38.7 percent. Protestants accounted for approximately 27 percent. In 2011, 23.9 percent of the population declared no religious affiliation, compared to 16.5 percent in 2001. For other religious group, Islam is the largest non-Christian religion in Canada, constituting 3.2 percent of its population. 1.5 percent of the Canadian population is Hindu, and 1.4 percent is Sikh.

English and French are the Canadian official language is spoken by most of the population (56 percent and 21 percent of Canadians, respectively). The most commonly spoken languages other than English are Chinese (1,227,680 first-language speakers), Punjabi (501,680), Spanish (458,850), Tagalog (431,385), Arabic (419,895), German (384,040), and Italian (375,645).

Immigrant Population

Canada is a diverse nation made up of people from a wide variety of racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds. Just 2019 alone, a total of 341,180 immigrants had come to Canada (mostly from Asia. India, Philippines and China are the top three countries of immigrant source. Majority of the immigrants choose to live in major urban areas such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. On the other hand, Canada also accepts large numbers of refugee each year. Canada takes in over 10 percent of annual global refugee resettlements.

Most Populated States in Canada

The top seven most populated states in Canada are as follows:

Ontario – Ontario is the most populated province in Canada with population around 13.50 million people. Ontario’s population account for 38.3 percent of the country’s population. It is home to most populated city in Canada, Toronto… Read more about Ontario population 2020.

Quebec – Quebec is the second most populated province in Canada with population around 8.5 million people. Quebec’s population account for 22.55 percent of the country’s population. Based on our research, Quebec population will reach 8,382,234 (around 8.4 million) by the end of 2020.… Read more about Quebec population 2020.

British Columbia – British Columbia (short for BC) is the 3rd most populated province in Canada with population around 4.6 million people. British Columbia’s population account for 13.22 percent of the country’s population. British Columbia is one of the thirteen providences in Canada located in west side of Canada with area size of 922,503 km2.… Read more about British Columbia population 2020.

Alberta – Alberta is the 4th most populated province in Canada with population over 4 million people. Alberta’s population account for 11.57 percent of the country’s population. It is home to 4th and 5th most populated city in Canada, Calgary and Edmonton. Looking back last nine years of Alberta’s population, the growth rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 2.05% to 2.31%, adding around 83,933  to 86,922 people each year to the overall population.… Read more about Alberta population 2020.

Manitoba – Looking back last nine years of Manitoba’s population, the growth rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 1.06% to 1.19%, adding around 13,697 to 14,976 people each year to the overall population. Lot of workers was moving to Manitoba to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth.… Read more about Manitoba population 2020.

Saskatchewan – Based on our research Saskatchewan population will reach 1,151,829 (around 1.15 million) by the end of 2020.The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.22% over last nine years since 2011.… Read more about Saskatchewan population 2020.

Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia is second-most densely populated province in Canada with population over around 923,598 people. Nova Scotia’s population account for 2.63 percent of the country’s population. Nova Scotia is also the second smallest province by land size with land size of 52,942.27 km2.… Read more about Nova Scotia population 2020.

Most Populated Cities in Canada

The top 5 most populated cities in Canada are as follows:

Toronto – Toronto is the capital city of Ontario province. Toronto is Canada’s most populated city with an estimated population of over 2.7 million people.Toronto is also the fourth largest city in North America. The city is in the south of Ontario, close to the US border. Toronto is an international hub for business, finance, arts, and culture. Around 19% Canadians lives in Toronto… Read more about Toronto Population 2020.

Montreal– Montreal is a city of Quebec province in Canada. Montreal is Canada’s second populated city with an estimated population of over 1.7 million people. Based on our research Montreal population will reach 1.732 Million by end of 2020.The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.41% over last nine years since 2011… Read more about Montreal Population 2020.

Vancouver – Vancouver is the most populated city in the province of British Columbia. It is also Canada’s 3rd most populated city after Toronto, Montreal with an estimated population of over 2.26 million people.  Vancouver, located on the Pacific coast of southwestern British Columbia, Canada, is Canada’s main port city and major economic center, as well as the political, cultural, tourism and transportation center of Western Canada… Read more about Vancouver Population 2020.

Calgary – Calgary is a city in the western Canadian province of Alberta. Calgary is Canada’s 4th most populated city after Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver with an estimated population of over 1.2 million people.  Calgary is Alberta’s economic, financial, political and cultural center, and the province’s largest city… Read more about Calgary Population 2020.

Edmonton – Edmonton is the second most populated city in the province of Alberta. It is the capital city of Alberta. It is also Canada’s fifth most populated city in Canada after Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary with an estimated population of over 1.062 million people. Based on our research Edmonton population will reach 1,139,747 (around 1.14 million) by end of 2020.The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 2.49% over last nine years since 2011… Read more about Edmonton Population 2020.

Facts about Canada

  1. Canada and the USA share the longest international border in the world. It is 8,891km/5,525miles long.
  2. Canada is a sparsely populated nation, with much of the population residing near the US-Canada border, with large urban areas such as Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec.
  3. The longest river in Canada is the McKenzie River in the North West. The river is 2,635 miles long or 4,241 kilometres long.
  4. About 90% of all Canadians reside within 200 km/125 miles of the Canada-US borders!
  5. Aboriginal communities in Canada comprise the Métis, the First Nations and the Inuit.
  6. Most Canadian families have origins in England and France, as the French and British colonised the region, and so many families from the ‘old world’ immigrated to Canada.
  7. Canada is the second biggest owner of the oil reserve behind Saudi Arabia. The province of Alberta is the largest source of oil and natural gas in Canada.
  8. Canada became the first nation in the world to follow a strategy of multiculturalism, promoting plurality and pluralism. Currently, according to the Canadian Multiculturalism Survey of the Parliament of Canada, the nation is home to citizens of over 250 ethnic backgrounds.