Alberta – Highest Rate of Population Growth in Canada 2012
It isn’t unusual for Alberta to have the highest rate of population growth of all the Canadian provinces. Over the past few decades, people from other parts of our nation and the world have flocked to Alberta looking for the next best opportunity whether it is in education, employment or simply for a better way of life.
According to a report released by Statistics Canada, Alberta has bested all the other provinces for highest population growth in 2012. From January 1st, 2012 to January 1st, 2013, Alberta’s population grew to an estimated 3,931,000 people at a growth rate slightly over 3 percent which was well over the national average of 1.1 percent. Learn more about how Alberta is Accommodating the Inbound.
While Alberta is still behind Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia in terms of size, our population growth was considerably larger, especially in comparison to Quebec and Ontario where the growth rate was less than a third of Alberta’s.
As of January 1st, 2013, Ontario still has the most citizens with approximately 13.56 million. Next up is Quebec with 8.1 million and British Columbia with 4.6 million. Fourth is Alberta with 3.931 million people.
Prairie Provinces See the Most Growth
Without taking into consideration the Atlantic area of British Columbia, the province saw the lowest growth rate in Western Canada with only a slight 0.84 percent population increase of around 700,000 people.
If the Prairie Provinces continue to see high population growth rates, then it is likely Alberta will soon take over B.C.’s place as 3rd for the highest population in Canada. It will take an estimated 8 years for Alberta to surpass B.C. in population if both of the provinces growth rates stay the same as they were in 2012.
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