Alberta, the hotspot for newcomers

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX:  Alberta’s population continues to grow at a strong pace because of both interprovincial and international immigration; higher economic mobility is the reason why.

Every year more migrants move to Alberta in search of greater opportunity; a concept called economic mobility. And while interprovincial migration has largely influenced the surge in our population, international immigration has continued to intensify and play a substantial role in that growth as well.

In recent years, international immigration to our province has gone from the 20,000-25,000 range a few years ago, to over 35,000 today. So, as more international migrants flock to Alberta for prosperity, are these newcomers choosing the right province?

According to the most recent immigration data from Statistics Canada, they are. Even though the most up-to-date statistics are from 2012, our province ranked first in the country with both the highest mean income amongst new immigrants ($30,000, zero years in Canada since landing), as well as the highest median income ($19,200, zero years in Canada since landing). And of the total number of newcomers that came to Alberta in 2012, close to three quarters were counted with income within the first year of landing; the second highest in the country.

Quebec and Manitoba were on the opposite ends of the spectrum, at least in terms of median income. The median income amongst newly landed immigrants in Quebec in 2012 was $9,100 while in Manitoba the median income was $9,300. Additionally, Manitoba had the lowest average income for new immigrants to Canada in 2012 at $15,400 (zero years since landing).

Alberta’s population continues to grow at a strong pace because of both interprovincial and international immigration; higher economic mobility is the reason why.

 

Nick Ford • Economist    February 19, 2015

 

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