VANCOUVER, Sep. 27 (Xinhua) -- Canada's population is getting close to 35 million, largely driven by international migration, according to figures released Thursday by Statistics Canada.
As of July 1, 2012, Canada's population was estimated at 34,880,500, an increase of 396,500, or 1.1 percent, from the same date in 2011, Statistics Canada said.
Canada's annual growth rate in 2011/2012 was the highest among G8 countries for the same period, whose rates ranged from a decline of 0.3 percent to an increase of 0.7 percent.
The agency said net international migration has been the main source of population growth for Canada since 1993/1994. It represented two-thirds of the country's population growth for the year ending June 30, 2012.
Meanwhile, Canada's population continues to age as the median age of the counrty's population reached 40 years as of July 1 this year, increasing by 6.4 years over the past two decades, it said.