For the first time since 2009-2010, neither Calgary nor Edmonton was among the top five census metropolitan areas with the strongest population growth in Canada, according to a report released on Tuesday by Statistics Canada.
“The population growth of CMAs (census metropolitan areas) in Alberta has been lower since 2013-2014, coinciding with the commodities downturn that began in 2014. This downturn was also associated with the rising unemployment rate in the province from the beginning of 2015, which reached a peak at the end of 2016,” said the federal agency.
The CMAs with the highest population growth were: Saskatoon (2.8 per cent), Regina (2.4 per cent), Guelph, Ont. (2.2 per cent), Ottawa-Gatineau (Ontario part) (2.2 per cent), Toronto (1.9 per cent), Oshawa, Ont., Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary (1.8 per cent each), and Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. (1.7 per cent).
StatsCan said that on July 1, 2017, seven in 10 Canadians (70.5 per cent), or 25,893,686 people were living in CMAs. Canada’s three largest CMAs – Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver – were home to more than one in three Canadians (35.6 per cent).
The report said that interprovincial migration rates in the Calgary (-0.3 per cent) and Edmonton (-0.2 per cent) were negative for the second consecutive year, following five years of gains.
The full report can be found at https://goo.gl/cwJnos
Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.
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