B.C. losing people to other provinces

More people continue to move from B.C. to other provinces than migrate west, according to the latest Statistics Canada estimates

Alberta gained more than 13

VICTORIA – More people continue to move from B.C. to other provinces than migrate west, according to the latest Statistics Canada estimates.

Quarterly Statistics Canada figures show a net loss of 1,611 people from B.C. to other provinces from January to March this year. That is the seventh straight quarter of net out-migration from B.C., with the last net increase of 73 people recorded in the April-June quarter of 2011.

In 2012, while B.C. was a net loser of about 7,000 in interprovincial movements, Alberta gained about 43,000 and Saskatchewan gained about 2,500 people.

NDP leader Adrian Dix said Wednesday the latest totals mean B.C. has lost a net 12,000 people to other provinces since Premier Christy Clark took over. Dix said the number of private sector jobs has declined since Clark launched her jobs plan, and her government continues to cut the budget for job skill training.

Dix said the NDP government of the 1990s saw an increase of 129,000 people in interprovincial migration, and during Gordon Campbell’s term, there was a net increase of 64,000.

Clark shrugged off the numbers Wednesday, saying B.C.’s overall population continues to grow.

“More people are coming here than are leaving, and we need to continue to work to make sure that more people are staying,” Clark said. “We’re competing hard with Alberta and the oil sands to keep people here.”

B.C.’s rising total population is a result of international immigration, offset by the losses to other provinces by people moving within Canada.

Ontario has also steadily lost people inter-provincially in recent years, including a national high of 6,823 in the first three months of this year.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Rockslide keeps Coquihalla northbound lane closed

Highway 5 is closed in one direction.

UPDATE: Wind warning ends for Metro Vancouver after thousands lose power

More than 34,000 BC Hydro customers in the dark on Sunday morning in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

Agassiz tech training to connect generations

Upcoming event will have youth teaching technology to older residents

UPDATE: 24-year-old Lovepreet Dhaliwal ID’d as victim in targeted Abbotsford shooting

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

Week in Review – January 19

Movie filming, water upgrades and more

5 to start your day

Wind storm causes weekend power outages, thousands join women’s marches, and more

A look at potential Canadian nominees for this year’s Oscars

The nominations are to be revealed Tuesday morning for the 90th Academy Awards

B.C. expert weighs in on why kids are eating Tide pods for fun

Why are kids taking part in something completely pointless yet so risky?

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Most Read