Issue 17-175 Quarterly Population Highlights

December 20, 2017

B.C. Highlights

The population of B.C. was estimated at 4,841,078 as of October 1, 2017, growing by 23,918 persons in the third quarter of 2017 (up 0.50% from July 1, 2017).

Combined net in-migration from all sources (inter-provincial and international) totalled 21,042 persons during the third quarter of 2017, higher than the same quarter in 2016. Broken down, net interprovincial in-migration contributed 543 persons to population growth while net international in-migration added 20,499 persons, mainly driven by a considerable increase in the number non-permanent residents (NPR). Rounding out the third quarter growth was a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 2,876 persons.

The Last Twelve Months

B.C.’s total population grew by 62,115 persons (+1.30%) over the twelve months ending September 30, 2017, mostly attributed to international and interprovincial migration. On an annual basis, births (+44,491) and interprovincial arrivals (+61,426) were the largest sources of population growth for the province. Net interprovincial migration accounted for a gain of 12,789 and net international migration 43,163 persons from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.  More than nine in every ten persons added since October 1, 2016 could be attributed to total net migration (+55,952). The remainder was due to natural increase (+6,163).

December 2017

National Overview

The population of Canada grew by  an estimated 176,966 persons (+0.48%) to 36,885,049 during the third quarter of 2017, a slighly higher growth than in the same quarter of 2016. Leading the growth at the provincial and territorial level were Nunavut (+0.65%), Ontario (+0.60%), and Yukon Territory (+0.55%). British Columbia ranked fifth when compared to other jurisdictions. With the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador all remaining jurisdictions observed  population increases during the third quarter.

Third Quarter International Migration

Net international in-migration to British Columbia (immigrants plus the net change in NPRs plus returning emigrants less emigrants and persons temporarily abroad) resulted in a gain of 20,499 in the third quarter. This compares to a net gain of 14,018 in the third quarter of 2016. The total number of immigrants arriving in British Columbia from July 1 to September 30 was 8,707. A substantial net gain in NPRs of 14,702 further increased net international in-migration. In comparison, a net gain of 9,107 NPRs occurred during the same quarter of 2016. As for persons leaving B.C. for international destinations, an estimated 3,887 left on a permanent basis and 1,678 were away temporarily in the third quarter of 2017.

Third Quarter Interprovincial Migration

British Columbia ranked fourth as a province or territory that received population from other Canadian jurisdictions in the third quarter of 2017. In B.C., an inflow of 14,272 persons was offset by an outflow of 13,729 for a net population gain of 543. This is the lowest quarterly net interprovincial gain for B.C. in the last four years. British Columbia’s net exchange with Alberta was positive, with an estimated 104 more persons leaving Alberta for B.C. than those going to Alberta. In addition, B.C. reported positive net in-migration from Manitoba (+1,024), Saskatchewan (+544) and Prince Edward Island (+93) as well as small gains from Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec. British Columbia’s exchange with the remaining jurisdictions was negative in the third quarter. Ontario was the highest net recipient of interprovincial migration in the third quarter of 2017 with a net gain of 7,807.

December 2017

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