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Alberta expected to grow by two million by 2046

Immigration will be responsible for over half of the growth

By Siddhartha Bhattacharya, ATB Economics 18 July 2022 1 min read

The Government of Alberta has released a new set of population projections* that estimate the total population of the province will rise to over 6.4 million by 2046.

Relative to 2021, this represents a gain of almost two million residents and an average annual growth rate of 1.5% between 2022 and 2046.

Large urban areas within the province are positioned favourably for faster population growth with about 80% of residents projected to be living in the Edmonton-Calgary corridor by 2046.

Over this same period, the average age of an Albertan will go from 39.0 to 41.7 with one in five Albertans 65 or older by 2046.

In addition, the province will become even more diverse with international migrants accounting for the majority (55%) of the aggregate population increase.

With a healthy economic climate, Alberta is also expected to attract an average of 12,900 migrants per year (on a net basis) from other provinces and territories.

*The numbers presented above are for the medium growth scenario.

Answer to the previous trivia question: As of June 2022, there were 124,300 people working in Alberta’s manufacturing sector.

Today’s trivia question: Which province has the larger population: New Brunswick or Nova Scotia?

Alberta's population is projected to be over 6.4 million by 2046

Alberta's population is projected to be over 6.4 million by 2046

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