Alberta added residents from other provinces
3,451 more Canadians moved to Alberta than left for other parts of the country during the fourth quarter of 2021
By Rob Roach, ATB Economics 18 March 2022 1 min read
The net flow of people into Alberta from the rest of Canada was positive for the second quarter in a row to end 2021.
According to Statistics Canada, 14,314 people moved to Alberta from other parts of Canada during the fourth quarter of 2021 while 10,863 did the opposite for a net gain of 3,451.
The gain comes after Alberta added 4,489 interprovincial migrants in the previous quarter.
This is a positive sign, but the 7,940 increase in population due to interprovincial migration over the second half of last year is still not enough to make up for the net loss of 15,882 residents to other provinces and territories between April 2020 and June 2021.
Six provinces posted net gains in the fourth quarter of 2021 with Alberta leading the pack. BC gained the second largest number of residents at 3,333. Ontario lost the most ground at -6,596 followed by Manitoba at -2,641.
Looking ahead, a strong economic recovery in Alberta and rising—but still relatively affordable vis-a-vis many other markets—house prices bode well for future gains from interprovincial migration. At the same time, lower rates of unemployment in other parts of Canada will be working in the opposite direction.
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