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This chart shows the growth rate of Canada's population from 1956 to 2006 by five-year periods. The rate appears to decline steadily, from 13.4% for the 1956 to 1961 period to 9.7% in 1961 to 1966, 7.8% in 1966 to 1971, 6.6% in 1971 to 1976, 5.9% in 1976 to 1981, and 4.0% in 1981 to 1986. The rate then jumps up to 7.9% in 1986 to 1991, before falling back to 5.7% in 1991 to 1996 and 4.0% in 1996 to 2001. Then it rebounds to 5.4% in the most recent intercensal period.
Sources: Statistics Canada, censuses of population, 1956 to 2006.