New Brunswick experiences rapid growth as population tops 800,000 for first time: StatCan | Atlantic

FREDERICTON – New figures from Statistics Canada show that New Brunswick is experiencing a population boom.

The federal agency said on Friday that the province’s population recently topped 800,000 for the first time, after gaining more than 40,000 in the past five years alone.

Premier Blaine Higgs released a statement saying the province is experiencing higher levels of immigration and positive inter-provincial migration.

As a result, the province is experiencing its highest population growth rate since 1976, having added 15,000 people in the past 12 months.

And the growth in New Brunswick is part of a larger trend.

Last month, Statistics Canada reported that over the past five years, the three Maritime provinces have largely succeeded in reversing a decades-long population decline, thanks in part to a steady influx of immigrants and Canadians. other provinces, particularly Ontario and Alberta.

For the first time since the 1981 to 1986 census, more people moved to the Maritimes from other parts of Canada (134,841) than left (98,086), the agency reported. February 9. And it was the first time since the 1940s that the Maritimes grew at a faster rate than the Prairie provinces.

At the time, Statistics Canada said New Brunswick’s population had reached 775,610, but that figure was an official census count based on data compiled in the second quarter of 2021.

Higgs said the latest estimate points to a healthy provincial economy that has rebounded to surpass pre-pandemic levels.

“This is an important moment for our province,” Higgs said in a statement late Friday. “Our population growth strategy exceeds expectations.[…]People look at New Brunswick in a new light.

As for the other Maritime provinces, Prince Edward Island was the fastest growing Canadian province, according to census figures released last month. And Nova Scotia has seen its fastest growth since the early 1970s.

Census figures also showed that the region has been successful in attracting more immigrants from other countries. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island welcomed record numbers of immigrants between 2016 and 2021, with the vast majority arriving before the pandemic.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 26, 2022.

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