WINNIPEG – A bit of a growth boom for Manitoba.
Census data released on Wednesday shows the growth rate in our province was higher than the national average for the first time in 80 years as our population grew by 5.8 per cent from 2011 to 2016.
The province’s population is at around 1.28 million, according to the latest numbers.
Most of that growth is in Winnipeg, but many rural communities are also expanding quite rapidly.
Niverville and St. Anne grew by 30 per cent. Ritchot happens to be one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada with a growth rate of 22 per cent.
Much of that is due to immigration and some people moving out of the city to settle in bedroom communities.
As for the rest of the country, Canada’s population grew by 1.7 million since 2011, an increase of 5 per cent to push the population to 35.1 million. This makes Canada the country with the highest population growth among G7 nations, according to Statistics Canada.
Ontario’s population grew by 4.6 per cent, while most of western Canada saw a significant increase. Alberta’s population grew by a whopping 11.6 per cent, with much of that growth happening Calgary, where the population grew by 14.6 per cent. Edmonton was close behind with 13.9 per cent growth.
Saskatchewan grew by 6.3 per cent. This is the first time since the Prairies joined Confederation that the three Prairie provinces had the highest population growth rates in Canada.
Atlantic Canada did not see much growth.
PEI grew the most, at just 1.9 per cent. Newfoundland and Labrador was steady at 1 per cent growth and Nova Scotia was at 0.2 per cent.
New Brunswick was the only province or territory that shrunk after it lost 0.5 per cent of its population.
The fastest-growing province or territory was Nunavut, which saw a population increase of 12.7 per cent, attributed to a high fertility rate. Nunavut women have 2.9 children on average, well above Canada’s average of 1.6.
Living In Cities
83 per cent of Canadians live in an urban area with a population core of at least 10,000 people and 40 per cent live in one of the country’s 15 largest municipalities.
About 8 per cent of Canadians live in Toronto alone.
Vancouver is Canada’s most densely-populated municipality, which likely won’t come as a surprise to anyone paying rent or a mortgage in the region.
With files from Keith McCullough and Leslie Young