Despite oil crash, Alberta helps power Canada's population past 35 million

Posted February 11, 2017

"Between 2006 and 2011, we had highest growth rate in country", said Brown.

In Guelph itself, the highest rates of growth were seen in the neighbourhood bordered by Victoria Road, Eastview Road, Watson Parkway and Speedvale Avenue (72.4 per cent) and the downtown core (36 per cent).

Canada's latest census data shows Brampton's population growing at nearly three times the national average, while Mississauga's growth has slowed to a near standstill. In 1966, more than a quarter of the population (28.9 per cent) resided in Quebec.

Nova Scotia also had the second lowest rate of growth in the country during last census period between 2006 and 2011 at 0.9 per cent.

At the national level, migratory increase - which factors in both emigration and immigration - drove Canada's population growth more than natural increase, or the number of births within the country balanced with the number of deaths.

Quebec's population has for the first time crossed the 8 million mark, but the province's share of the Canadian population continues to decline as the population moves west, according to Statistics Canada.

"That's meteoric rise for Edmonton", said Mayor Don Iveson, saying the city has still seen growth despite economic challenges. The 2011 census showed inner-city neighbourhoods gradually aging, and dwelling counts suggest more people in Calgary's northwest and southeast neighbourhoods are living alone.

The first of the three maps shows the percentage increase or decrease in population by census tract.

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The most recent census period saw one of the worst rates of growth in the province's history, in fact the only periods with lower rates were declines of -2.1 per cent between 1921 and 1931 and -0.1 per cent between 1996 and 2001. 2016's survey was the first mandatory long-form census since it was reintroduced by the Liberal government after being axed by the Conservatives in 2010.

Areas that saw a population decrease included: parts of St. James near the airport, Southdale, Elmwood and River East.

The number of dwellings in Ontario grew slightly faster than the national rate, at 5.8 per cent from 2011 to 2016, the data shows. The eastern and central provinces are also home to nine of the 10 fastest shrinking smaller communities, known as census agglomerations.

About two-thirds of the increase recorded in 2016 was due to net immigration into the country, while the rest was from new births. These dwelling counts include everything from one-room apartment units to mansions.

"Alberta is kind of unique among the West", said Karen Mihorean, director general of StatCan's education, labour, and income statistics branch.

"We really need to look at household composition to better understand this", she said.

Big growth in rural Waterloo Region saw three of the region's four townships pass population milestones.

"The data collected during the 2016 Census will paint a detailed picture of our nation and the communities in which we live. the census will also provide the high-quality information needed to plan critical services such as child care, housing and public transportation for all Canadians".