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Immigration in 2010 highest since '50s

Saskatchewan and Manitoba emerged as the country's growth leaders in population numbers released by Statistics Canada Thursday.
The agency estimated that Canada's population grew by 1.1 per cent in 2010 to total 34,278,400 as of January 1, 2011.
But Saskatchewan's rose by 1.5 per cent and Manitoba's increased 1.4 per cent, helped by strong economic growth prospects.
Movement from other provinces helped Saskatchewan while immigration was a strong factor in Manitoba's growth.
The growth of 40,400 from October 1, 2010 was lower than in the same period in 2009, when the number of Canadians grew by 55,900.
While growth due to natural increase was relatively stable, net international migration declined from 25,400 to 10,900.
"This decline in net international migration can be explained by a larger decrease in non-permanent residents living in Canada," it said.
Canada received more than 280,000 immigrants in 2010, the highest level recorded since the 1950's. This was 28,500 more immigrants than in 2009

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