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34,880,500 and rising: Booming immigrant population makes Canada fastest-growing country in the G8

Canada is the fastest-growing G8 country thanks largely to immigration, according to new Statistics Canada data. Leading the charge is Alberta and Saskatchewan, which both grew more than 2% between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012.

“These numbers are very, very positive for the province,” said Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. “They speak to a province that’s growing and attracting people, not just from other provinces in Canada, but from around the world.”

Saskatchewan’s rise — 22,154 in the 12-month period — is the largest the province has seen since 1921. Its total population sat at 1,079,958 as of July 1.

Manitoba, for its part, saw its population increase by 47,000 in the last three years — more than 26% higher than the previous best three-year period in the early 1980s.

“The provincial government has worked hard to keep Manitoba moving forward through uncertainty in the global economy and to make Manitoba an even better place for families to put down roots and build a life,” Trade Minister Peter Bjornson said in a release Thursday.

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