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Halifax’s Growth Rate Was Higher Than Every Canadian Centre But One – Even Outpacing Toronto

Most large Canadian urban centres saw their populations slow in growth from July 2019 through July 2020 says Statistics Canada in newly released data on our population.

Despite this, Statistics Canada says international travel restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 did little to slow international migration which accounted for 90.3% of the growth mentioned in the centres below.

Halifax and Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo were tied for the second fastest growing census metropolitan areas in Canada at 2.0%. Number one was Oshawa at 2.1%. The Canadian average was far behind at 1.1%, almost half Halifax’s rate.

Halifax outpaced metropolitan areas such as Calgary (1.9%), Ottawa–Gatineau (1.6%), Toronto (1.4%) and Montreal (0.7%).

What does Halifax’s population look like?

As of July 1, 2020 Halifax’s population was estimated to be 448,544. Halifax’s smallest age demographic is aged 0-14 years at 14.4%. Those 65 years and older made up 16.6% of the population. Our largest age demographic are those aged 15-64 years making up 69.0% of the population.

Canada is growing

Canada’s population crossed 38 million for the first time and was estimated to be 38,005,238. The vast majority (27,306,305) living in the areas in the chart above.

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