StatsCan: Nunavut’s population, now 35,591, grew 2.5 per cent
Territory had second highest growth rate, after Alberta
Nunavut added 888 people to its population between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013, bringing its estimated total to 35,591, Statistics Canada reported Sept. 26.
That adds up to a year-over-year population growth rate of 2.5 per cent, the second highest in the country.
Alberta racked up the highest growth rate of all provinces and territories: 3.4 per cent. Its population grew to 4,025,074 between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013, up from 3,88,739.
And Canada’s population, as of July 1, 2013, now stands at about 35.1 million.
Statistics Canada estimates the country added 404,000 people between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013, for a nation-wide growth rate of 1.1 per cent.
For Nunavut, the rate of population growth — 2.5 per cent — appears to be increasing after slowing down to slightly more than one per cent a year in 2008.
In 2011, the Nunavut Economic Outlook attributed that to increasing numbers of people, including many Inuit, who were leaving the territory.
On Sept. 25, Statistics Canada reported in a separate study that out of all provinces and territories, Nunavut still suffers the lowest life expectancy for men and women alike.
A man born in Nunavut today can expect to live 68.75 years, while a woman born today can expect to live 73.9 years.
The Canada-wide life-expectancy for men is 79.33 years and 83.6 years for women.
Of all provinces and territories, people in British Columbia enjoy the longest life expectancies: 80.25 years for men and 84.4 years for women.