The NWT population grows slowly – 2016 Census


The numbers are in! The 2016 Census shows the NWT population grew by only 0.8 per cent since 2011.

Meaning the territory now has a population of 41 ,786 people. Nationally, Canada has grown to 35 million people.

The census also shows some communities are shrinking, such as: Colville Lake, Fort McPherson, Kakisa, and Paulatuk. But other remote communities are seeing slight growth like, Deline, Jean Marie River, and Gameti.

The numbers aren’t completely accurate as some citizens forget or don’t give their residential status to the Census.

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