Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Census 2016: Fertility Rate Pushes Nunavut to Top Spot in Population Growth Rate

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Census 2016: Fertility Rate Pushes Nunavut to Top Spot in Population Growth Rate

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Nunavut No. 1 in population growth: census

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OTTAWA - Quick: which region of Canada came out on top as the country's fastest growing province or territory in the 2016 census?

Step right up, Nunavut: the remote northern territory boasted a 12.7 per cent increase in its population between the 2011 count and 2016, a significant improvement over the 8.3 per cent increase recorded five years ago.

And it's all thanks to the region's sky-high fertility rate.

Nunavut's population of 35,944 outstripped that of Yukon by just 70 people, marking the first time since the territory was founded in 1999 that its ranks exceeded those of Canada's northwest-most region.

Statistics Canada attributed the increase almost exclusively to a fertility rate in Nunavut of 2.9, well past the national average of 1. …

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