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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - Migration to Alberta increases

 

EDMONTON — Migration to Alberta from other provinces jumped in the second quarter, Statistics Canada said Wednesday.

From April 1 to July 1, a net total of 2,820 Canadians moved to Alberta.

That means people from other provinces are being drawn by Alberta’s economy after months of dwindling or negative interprovincial migration to Alberta.

Only 312 Canadians moved to Alberta in the first three months of the year and Alberta posted net losses in the two quarters before that.

Between 2009 and 2010, Alberta lost 2,200 people to other provinces.

It was the first time Alberta had lost more people than it gained since 1994-95.

It followed a peak during 2005-06 when 45,800 interprovincial migrants arrived.

ATB Financial economist Dan Sumner said interprovincial migration is one of the best measures of the relative economic and social health of a region.

“Alberta just experienced its most solid quarter of interprovincial migration in a year,” Sumner said.

“The main factor driving Canadians to move between provinces is jobs and job prospects. During the mid-decade, unsustainably strong job prospects drove migrants to Alberta from all corners of the country although this trend reversed course quickly during the recession.”

But he said a still-recovering job market in Alberta means a quick return to the pace of migration seen during the boom is unlikely.

Statistics Canada said Alberta’s population in the second quarter climbed by 18,538, or 0.5 per cent, to 3.72 million. That was the highest increase rate among provinces.

“Almost half the growth in Alberta came from natural increase, the highest proportion among the provinces,” said the federal agency.

Sumner said the province’s strong natural increase was partly due to its population having the lowest median age at 35.8 compared to the national average of 39.7.

“More young people means more babies,” Sumner said.

As of July 1, Canada’s population was estimated at 34.1 million, up 120,800 or 0.36 per cent from April 1.
 

posted in General at Wed, 29 Sep 2010 18:19:26 -0600



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