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Alberta’s population trends Part 2: Interprovincial migration

Alberta’s population trends Part 2: Interprovincial migration

Posted on: 6/20/2018 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

​​One of the features of the national economy is the chance for Canadians to live anywhere in the country where they find work. Economists call this “labour mobility” — and while Alberta has typically been the recipient of interprovincial migration, it does experience occasional periods of net outflow.

The graph below shows quarterly net interprovincial migration to and from Alberta over the last 10 years. The economic expansion between 2010 and early 2015 saw 19 consecutive quarters of net in-migration. That ended in the middle of 2015, however, when the recession sent some people packing to take job opportunities elsewhere. Net out-migration lasted for eight quarters.

But the outflow of the recession was dwarfed by the inflow during the economic expansion. During that time, Alberta saw a net gain of 133,000 people. That’s more than the population of Red Deer in five short years. As well, this is only interprovincial population growth. International migration and natural population growth (i.e., births minus deaths) also added to population growth.

During the downturn, net loss amounted to only 30,000 people. It’s always tough to see our friends and neighbours leave Alberta during recessions. Though given the severity of this recent recession, the out-migration was more of a trickle than a stampede.

And now, net migration has returned to positive. In the first quarter of this year, net in-migration reached nearly 1,900. That’s likely to continue as Alberta’s economy gradually improves.

Net interprovincial migration, Alberta, graph​​

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