OTTAWA, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Canada's population was estimated at 38,005,238 on July 1 this year, up 411,854, or 1.1 percent from July 1, 2019, according to Statistics Canada on Tuesday.
Following two years of population growth exceeding 500,000, growth in 2019/2020 returned to levels last seen in 2015/2016, which had increased 406,579.
The lower growth in 2019/2020 was mainly attributable to the border restrictions enacted in mid-March, which resulted in fewer immigrants and non-permanent residents entering Canada and, to a lesser extent, more deaths, said Statistics Canada.
The aging of Canada's population continued and the average age was 41.4 years on July 1, up slightly 41.3 years of the same day a year earlier.
This average has risen every year since comparable record-keeping began in 1971. The share of seniors aged 65 years and older continued to grow, reaching 18 percent on July 1.
The number of centenarians, who were 11,517, first counted in 2001, was the highest on record.
Statistics Canada said Canada admitted 284,387 immigrants in 2019/2020, down from 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 when over 300,000 were admitted annually.
The vast majority of these immigrants arrived before the pandemic and the ensuing travel restrictions, with 34,271 arriving in the second quarter of 2020.