Toronto metropolitan population 6 million Photo: James Bombales

In 2014, the population of the Toronto metropolitan area rose past 6 million people as the city continues to attract the largest number of international migrants in the country.

The new data, released this week by Statistics Canada, pegged the metropolitan population of Canada’s biggest city at 6,055,700. From 2013 to 2014, Toronto grew at a rate of 1.5 per cent, the seventh fastest rate among metropolitan areas in the country and slightly higher than the Canada-wide average.

According to Statistics Canada, the Toronto CMA (census metropolitan area) also continued to post the highest net international migration with an increase of 79,500 people. While international migration to Toronto still made up 31 per cent of Canada’s total for 2013-2014, the proportion Toronto represented within the countrywide total fell from 48 per cent in 2003-2004.

Prairie metropolitan areas, though considerably smaller than Toronto, boasted the highest population growth rates with the Calgary metropolitan area leading the way at 3.6 per cent and Edmonton following close behind at 3.3 per cent.

Prairie metropolitan areas were attracting more international migrants proportionally too, benefiting from Toronto’s decline within the Canada-wide total over the past decade.

Montreal also hit a major milestone in 2014, with its metropolitan population rising past the 4 million mark.

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