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Alberta lost residents to BC last year

Alberta lost 2,152 residents to other parts of Canada in 2020

By ATB Economics 19 March 2021 1 min read

Alberta has lost residents to other parts of Canada for the third quarter in a row. Almost 1,300 more people moved out of Alberta for other provinces or territories in the fourth quarter of 2020 than moved in.

On an annual basis, Alberta lost 2,152 residents to other parts of Canada in 2020.

From 2010 to 2014, Alberta gained 120,488 residents from other parts of Canada.

The arrow has reversed direction since then with a net loss of 23,147 residents to the rest of Canada from 2015 to 2020.

Alberta lost the most residents last year to British Columbia; 17,688 British Columbians moved to Alberta in 2020 while 25,833 Albertans relocated to BC, for a net loss 8,215.

Alberta gained the most residents last year from Saskatchewan; 9,581 people moved from Saskatchewan to Alberta while 5,604 left Alberta for Saskatchewan, for a net gain of 3,977.

Alberta’s population still managed to grow by 34,213 last year because of natural increase (+22,688) and net international migration (+13,697).

The negative impact of the pandemic on international migration is evident, with Alberta’s net gain from this source down by 70 per cent compared to the year before.

Answer to the previous trivia question:  The bottom section of Alberta’s provincial shield is a wheat field.

Today’s trivia question: Which province or territory had the fewest number of people move to and from Alberta last year?

Alberta has lost residents to other parts of Canada for the third quarter in a row

Alberta has lost residents to other parts of Canada for the third quarter in a row


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