Issue 19-56 Sub-provincial Total Net Migration

March 29, 2019

B.C.’s population was estimated at 4,991,687 on July 1, 2018 – an increase of over 69,500 persons, up 1.4% from July 1, 2017. All regional districts saw an increase in population except for the districts of Stikine (-1.3%), Northern Rockies (-0.7%) and North Coast (-0.2%).

These changes are in line with the emerging trend of B.C.’s rural regions showing lower population growth than their urban counterparts and the provincial average. Since fertility rates in B.C. have been relatively stable in recent years, the figure below looks at net migration levels across the province, the other main source of population changes.   

Net migration 2017-2018

Total net migration includes:

  • International migration - immigrants and emigrants
  • Interprovincial migration - in and out of B.C.
  • Intraprovincial - B.C. residents who moved to a new location inside B.C.

In the figure above, red indicates more people migrating out of a region than into it, while blue represents more migration into a region than out of it. Relative to their population, B.C.’s more rural areas show that they are losing population to migration or experiencing slower growth than larger population centres such as the Lower Mainland (which is attracting most of the international migration), the Interior, and Vancouver Island. Losses in rural areas of B.C. appear to be mainly due to migration to other regions of B.C. as well as some amount of migration to other provinces.

Please visit Population/Mobility for more information.