Tough travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 caused Canada's population growth rate to slow to a trickle last year, highlighting the importance of immigration, a Statistics Canada report reveals.

In 'Canada's Population Estimates, Fourth Quarter 2020', the Canadian statistical services agency notes the importance of immigration to Canadian population growth.

"International migration has accounted for more than three-quarters of the total population growth since 2016, reaching 85.7 per cent in 2019," the report released today states.

"Following border and travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020, this percentage fell to 58 per cent. Population increase through international migration in 2020 was over 80 per cent lower than it was in 2019."

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