Alberta in-migration on track to surpass record

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX:  Great job opportunities and a fantastic quality of life are drawing thousands of people to Alberta from across the country. Statistics Canada’s latest estimates peg Alberta’s total population on Oct. 1, 2013, at 4,060,719.

In the third quarter of the year, 26,616 interprovincial migrants arrived in the province while 16,347 left for other parts of the country. The result is a net in-migration of 10,269. That amounts to 110 new people coming to the province every day between July and September. While not a record for any single quarter, the province is on track to set a new high for any given year.

The record year belongs to 2006 which saw just over 46,000 net interprovincial migrants. Over the first three quarters of this year, the province welcomed 37,498. If another 8,500 or so arrive in the fourth quarter, 2013 will be the new record setting year. Since the province has surpassed the 10,000 mark for five quarters in a row, this will likely be the case.

Nationally, Canada’s total population grew by 1.2 per cent over the last year to 35,295,770. Alberta’s annual growth rate is 3.5 per cent, the highest in the country. Its share of the national population now stands at 11.5 per cent.

Todd Hirsch • Chief Economist   December 18, 2013

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