As of approximately 9:12 EST this morning, Canadians can officially say their country has 35 million people within its borders — a number that is rising every minute and 28 seconds, according to Canada's Population Clock.
Tallied at around 33.5 million in the 2011 Census, Canada's population was noted to be the fastest growing of the G8 nations in February, owing much of this growth to immigration, particularly in the western part of the country.
But there's also a baby boom taking place that has contributed to this rise in population. The census numbers released this year showed the number of children aged four and under in Canada was up 11 per cent between 2006 and 2011, a rate of growth that had only previously been seen between 1956 and 1961.
So can Canada handle this amount of people within its borders? Considering our country's 9,976,140 square kilometres — a number that puts our population density at 3.5 persons per square km — it shouldn't be too much a problem. (By way of comparison, the United States' population density is about 32.7 per square km.) And when you compare that to the seven billion people currently estimated to be on the planet, we think our land mass is looking mighty good right about now.
Check out the populations of these countries — including the ones closest in population to Canada: