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2006 Census: Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006: Population of the provinces and territories

Ontario: half of Canada's population growth

Since 2001, Ontario's population increased by 750,236. That represents half of Canada's population growth (+1.6 million) during the period.

This photograph shows the Ontario Legislature.Alberta aside, Ontario was the only other province with a growth rate (+6.6%) above the national average (+5.4%). That trend has been in place since 1991, as Ontario's intercensal growth rate did not change a great deal (between +6.1% and +6.6%) over the period.

International immigration, from which Ontario benefits significantly, is responsible for much of its growth. According to data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, more than 600,000 immigrants settled in Ontario between 2001 and 2006. This represents about half of all those who immigrated to Canada during that period.

Ontario was still Canada's most populous province by far in 2006. The 2006 Census enumerated 12,160,282 people, who accounted for nearly two-fifths (38.5%) of Canada's population.

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